TF Security analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo claims that Apple will extend that mini-LED display technology to MacBook Air by mid-2022. Currently, the advanced display is used in 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2021). And the company is speculated to launch the mini-LED tech in upcoming 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, iPad mini launching in late 2021, and 11-inch iPad Pro in 2022.
Apple to launch a 13.3-inch MacBook Air with mini-LED display next year
In his new note to investors, viewed by MacRumors, Kuo writes that the new MacBook Air will feature a 13.3-inch mini-LED display coming in 2022. He also explained that MacBook shipments would grow to 20 to 22 million units in 2022 if the company improves component shortages in late 2021 and across the next year.
In comparison to LCD, mini-LED technology is better because it uses smaller than 0.2mm diodes to deliver higher brightness and deeper contrasts. The mini-LED displays are more power-efficient and at low risk of burn-out issues. The advanced tech also enables HDR through local dimming. These features make mini-LED panels expensive than LCD resulting in their gradual or rather slow adoption in smartphones, smartwatches, and computers.
Furthermore, as the adoption of mini-LED technology is relatively new, therefore, Apple is facing supply chain constraints. Previously it was reported that the Cupertino tech giant is looking for new mini-LED suppliers. Taiwan Surface Mounting Technology (TSMT) is Apple’s only supplier of SMT (surface mountinge4 technology) for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro which found it difficult to meet demand challenges at the launch of the new iPad Pro. The delay in delivery cost Apple $4 billion in revenue. Referring to the aforementioned supply chain issues, Kuo says that improvement in the supply chain will improve products’ shipments.
Other reports detail that the 2022 MacBook Air will be powered by next-generation M2 Apple Silicon, and will be available in 24-inch M1 iMac-like color options. The fanless laptop will have a new flat edge-to-edge design language, no wedge, and white bezels.