Apple to extend mini-LED XDR display technology to new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models

At the Spring Loaded 2021 event, Apple unveiled 12.9-inch M1 iPad Pro with mini-LED technology, called the ‘Liquid Retina XDR Display’. Now, a report claims that the Cupertino tech company is going to expand the advanced display tech to upcoming 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models.

Unlike the LED panels, the mini-LED technology uses 0.2mm LED components that allow the installation of more LEDs on the backlight panel for a brighter display. Although mini-LED tech is more efficient, its high cost has limited its adaptation.

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2021 MacBook Pro models will ship with an M1 chip and mini-LED displays

Explaining that Apple is using ‘Extreme Dynamic Range’ (XDR) branding for mini-LED tech which is going to boost its market share in the tablet industry. The report states:

With regards to Apple’s plans for 2H21, the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook models will likewise feature Mini LED backlight technology, which will become the hardware benchmark for high-end tablets and notebook computers.

The release of Apple’s Mini LED-equipped tablets is expected to galvanize a growth against market headwinds for upstream and downstream companies in the Mini LED supply chain, including Mini LED chip suppliers (e.g., Ennostar), testing and sorting service suppliers (e.g., FitTech, Saultech, and YTEC), SMT suppliers (e.g., TSMT and Yenrich), backplane PCB suppliers (e.g., Zhen Ding Tech and Tripod Technology), driver IC suppliers (e.g., Parade, Novatek, and Macroblock), and light source module suppliers (e.g., Radiant/ROE and GIS).

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It is also reported that new MacBook Pro models coming out this year will be powered by an M1 processor for higher performance, Face ID, new flat edge design and no Touch bar, support for MagSafe wireless charging, and a brighter display to elevate users’ experience like the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The company explains:

The new Liquid Retina XDR display brings the stunning front-of-screen performance of the Pro Display XDR to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

Engineered with a new cutting-edge mini-LED design that uses over 10,000 LEDs across the entire back of the display, the Liquid Retina XDR display features up to 1000 nits of full-screen brightness, 1600 nits of peak brightness, and a phenomenal 1 million-to-1 contrast ratio to enhance creative workflows. The result is a stunning visual experience that reflects what can be seen in the real world by capturing the brightest highlights and the most subtle details in even the darkest images.

Now creative professionals, including photographers, videographers, and filmmakers, can view and edit true-to-life HDR content on a large display they can take anywhere.

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