Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple could launch a 12.9-inch iPad Pro and a 16-inch MacBook Pro with mini-LED displays in 2020. In total, the company is planning on launching anywhere around four to six products with mini-LED displays in 2-3 years.
In his latest investor’s note, the TF International Securities analyst says that the mini-LED display will help improve productivity and the entertainment experience on these devices.
Kuo had previously said the same thing in an investor’s note in late September, though this time around, he is providing a release timeline as well.
He further adds that the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with mini-LED display will launch in Q3 2020 with an A14X processor. This will be followed by the refreshed 16-inch MacBook Pro in the last quarter of the year. After this, Apple will release a few more products featuring mini-LED displays over the next 1-2 years.
The mini-LED displays will be produced by LG Display, GIS, Osram, Sharp, and other component suppliers, though LG and GIS will play the most critical role.
The 12.9-inch iPad Pro and the 16-inch MacBook Pro currently make use of an LCD panel. The mini-LED display, in comparison, is expected to bring support for a wider color gamut, higher contrast ratio, local dimming, deeper black levels, and more. It also does not suffer from burn-in issues like OLED panels and it is thinner, lighter, and more power-efficient in nature.
Apple has been reportedly working on mini-LED displays for a long time and it is looking to develop it as a viable and superior alternative to OLED panels.