Apple is about to launch high-end iPad and MacBook models packed with Mini-LED displays, which will be released in the middle of 2021.
Research done by MacRumors, details out how Apple will change the displays in some of its devices away from the current panels to the much better-quality Mini-LED. The displays in both devices will have nearly 10,000 LEDs — for comparison, the upcoming Pro Display XDR will be packed with 576 LEDs. Apple will use LEDs that are below 200 microns in size, which is much smaller than the usual ones used in the XDR panel.
As there are much more LEDs as well as dimming zones, mini-LED displays can provide more refined, darker blacks, more glaring brights, richer colours with better contrast as you will find much more control over what’s displayed on the screen with a myriad of LEDs.
The analyst at Apple Ming-Chi Kuo has also stated that Apple’s adoption of mini-LED will let many thinner as well as lighter product designs that provide many of the same benefits such as OLED. Mini-LEDs are quite close to the dark blacks and enhanced HDR offered by OLED, however, leaving out the burn-in or degradation problems.
LED-backlit LCDs are more enhanced when it comes to power efficiency than the cold cathode fluorescent lighting that is utilized for LCD panels in the past as well as mini-LED LCDs will have much more power efficiency gains.
Gamut of Features
Packed with several LEDs, it’ll result in a far superior display, with strong HDR performance, high and wide color gamut, including the thin and light design that Apple boasts of.
Kuo believes Apple is also promoting Mini-LED to avoid the burn-in issues that can affect OLED screens.
It’d allow Apple to cut down its reliance on arch-rival Samsung, which currently makes the displays in Apple’s iPad Pro. It is expected that LG Display will make the Mini-LED screens, with collaboration from Radiant Opto-Electronics, Epistar, Zhen Ding, Nichia, Avary Holding, and TSMT.
Available in high-end MacBook Models
This high-tech wizardry will be available in Apple’s high-end iPads and MacBook Pro models. This means it’ll be in the iPad Pro and MacBook Pro, skipping entry-level devices like the new 10.2-inch iPad and MacBook Air.
Apple’s rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro will be all-in on making a flagship device that is the example of the company’s tech prowess. This laptop would presumably will have the Mini-LED display, while the entry-level and midrange MacBook Pro models would stick with Apple’s current display tech.
It is believed that the Mini-LED iPad will be introduced between the fourth quarter of 2020 and the first quarter of 2021. It will be followed by the Mini-LED MacBook somewhere between the first and second quarters of 2021.