- The year 2021 could well be the year of mini LED slabs at Apple.
The iPad Pro wouldn’t be the only Apple product to take advantage of mini-LED technology as early as next year. According to DigiTimes, Apple is also preparing to equip the MacBook Pro with a mini-LED slab, replacing the Retina display – a high-resolution version of LDC screens made in Apple – backlit by LEDs.
In any case, there is no question of switching to OLED panels on MacBook Pros. This choice could indeed drastically increase the rating of apple-like laptops since this display technology is particularly expensive. It is also one of the most expensive components of the iPhone and making OLED panels for computers would explode the price of MacBooks.
On the other hand, Apple would seek to integrate another display technology, mini-LEDs. It offers many advantages, including more contrasting colors, more intense blacks, and lower energy consumption. Unlike traditional LEDs that illuminate screens in reverse, mini LEDs individually illuminate each pixel.
Another rumor is that Apple is preparing to offer a revamped version of the MacBook Pro, after proposing a new model equipped with a homemade chip, the Apple Silicon M1. DigiTimes does not say whether the integration of mini-LEDs would be common to the design change of the MacBook Pro.
It’s hard to say at the moment, especially since DigiTimes has been wrong in the past. However, according to the latter, there are two new MacBook Pros equipped with 14′ and 16” mini-LED slabs. They would be released in the first half of 2021, in parallel with the first iPad Pro mini-LED.