As the use of mini LED displays is expected to spread in apple products in the future, rumors have been reported that the first mini LED-equipped iPad Pro will be mass-produced in the first quarter of 2021, and the MacBook Pro with mini LED version M1 will be mass-produced in the second quarter.
DigiTimes, a Taiwanese electronic components industry information magazine, reported that these new products with mini LEDs Pad will benefit some supply chains. Many Taiwanese manufacturers, such as LED chip vendor Epistar and flexible PCB manufacturer Zhen Ding Technology, are “ready to gain growth momentum from future shipments,” the company said.
And the mini LED iPad Pro will be assembled by Foxconn and Compal Electronics, while the MacBook Pro with M1 will be primarily Quanta and partly responsible for Foxconn.
Mini LED is a technology used for LCD backlighting. By dividing the conventional backlight into minute LEDs and combining it with local dimming (partial drive technology), it is possible to “turn off the backlight for each area”.
It is expected that thinner and lighter product designs can be achieved while achieving excellent contrast and dynamic range.
Several sources have reported that the iPad Pro and MacBook Pro will be introduced first in mini LED products, according to renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo at the end of 2019, and by TrendForce, a Taiwan-based research firm, in July 2019.
Alever there was a delay in the release time of these products, there was a history that it was generally seen as a flow in which “products that had previously adopted liquid crystal displays switched to a mini LED backlight system”.
Among them, “The iPad Pro with mini LED will be released in the first half of 2021, and organic EL model will be released in the second half”. The observation that the same product would first adopt a mini LED and immediately shift to organic EL was received with bewilderment.