Report: Apple to Launch 12.9-Inch iPad Pro and MacBook with Mini-LED Display by End of 2020

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DigiTimes’ latest report claims that Apple is set to launch a 12.9-inch iPad Pro and a slew of other devices with Mini-LED displays by the end of 2020.

Ming-Chi Kuo had earlier reported that Apple is developing a new 14.1-inch MacBook Pro and other products with Mini-LED display by the end of 2020. The list of new devices includes 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 10.2-inch iPad, 7.9-inch iPad mini, 27-inch iMac Pro, 14-inch MacBook Pro and refreshed 16-inch MacBook Pro.

The latest report by Digitimes claims that Apple will use Mini-LED backlighting “for a few models of LCD monitors.” However, it is not clear whether the report is referring to iMac/iMac Pro or maybe upgrade Apple Pro Display XDR with mini-LED.

In a previous investor note, Kuo claimed Apple will launch iMac Pro in the fourth quarter of 2020. The previous iMac Pro was released in 2017 and an update was long due. As per the report, displays with Mini-LED backlighting can be packaged into thinner and lighter products. Epistar, one of Taiwan’s largest Mini-LED maker is expected to be roped in as supplier for new iPad and MacBook models.

Mini-LED is said to be better than OLED displays used on iPhone 11 Pro and Apple Watch. LED-backlit displays make use of hundreds of LED’s, however, the Mini-LED will use smaller backlighting spread across a thousand array local dimming zones. The Mini-LED displays will offer a higher contrast ratio, higher brightness, more power-efficient, and fewer chances of burn-in as opposed to OLED.

Putting things into perspective, Ming’s previous report and the latest one from DigiTimes both predict Mini-LED displays on new Apple devices by the end of this year.

[via DigiTimes]