Renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that Apple will introduce mini LED displays in two new models of MacBook Pro in 2021 and MacBook Air in 2022. Reports of a new iPad Pro with a mini LED display launching next year are also widely circulating in the industry.
Mini LED is an LED component smaller than 0.2mm which allows the installation of more LEDs on the backlight panel. Unlike the current LED panels which house a fewer number of LEDs in a larger area. Therefore, the minute size of the new mini LEDs will enable manufactures to deliver brighter displays by equipping the backlighting panel with more LEDs. But the new display technology is expensive and might result in an increase in the devices’ retail cost.
Mini LED Display in future MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models
Kuo writes that new display technology will be introduced first in a 14-inch MacBook Pro in 2021. He also claims that the company is going to revamp the laptop’s design language. Next, the MacBook Air will be updated in 2022 with a mini LED display. However, he did not mention any changes in the design of that model.
A report by DigiTimes also corroborated Kuo’s claim that the company will update the M1 MacBook Pro with a new mini-LED display. The publisher gave the first half of 2021 as the launch time frame.
The analyst further explained that although the mini LED panels are more expensive than LCD panels, they will not increase the cost of the products. The Apple Silicon is expected to balance out the cost. The new display panels will deliver evenly lit displays with higher contrast by dimming darker areas. It could also save Apple money by giving an alternative to the expensive OLED displays currently used in iPhone 12 models.
Recently, Apple launched the 13-inch M1 MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models but with the same design language. During the November 10 event keynote, the company said that its focus is on improving the technology like the powerful M1 Chip and not just something like the exterior of the MacBooks. Therefore, it will be interesting to see if the company continues with the same design or changes it with the new display technology in the future MacBooks.