Mini-LED Stories January 5

Apple in 2021 brought Mini-LED panels into its products for the first time with the introduction of the latest iPad Pro and the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro. While OLED displays are expected to remain the most popular in the segment, the shipment of Mini-LED panels has been growing significantly as Apple embraces the technology.

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Mini-LED Stories December 29, 2021

LG on Wednesday unveiled a new generation of its OLED panels called “OLED EX,” which comes to increase brightness by up to 30% and thus compete with Mini-LED technology. The new panel also offers improved color accuracy and is thinner than regular OLED displays.

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Mini-LED Stories December 22, 2021

Updates: Ross Young initially tweeted a single-word reaction – surprising – and Digitimes issued a correction to yesterday’s report stating that it was an error. Young subsequently tweeted that he still thinks Apple will use mini-LED.

See additional update at end.

While most reports are pointing to the 2022 27-inch iMac using the same mini-LED backlighting system as the latest MacBook Pro models, a fresh supply chain report today disagrees.

However, the report is confusing, and possibly confused …

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Mini-LED Stories September 16, 2021

Samsung could be showing future MacBook Pro displays for 14- and 16-inch models

An announcement by Samsung may be revealing future MacBook Pro displays – but not for the models we’re expecting to see later this year …

Mini-LED Stories June 1, 2021

A new report from ETNews claims that Apple will adopt OLED displays in some iPad models, which has actually already been rumored by reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. While this may seem unlikely considering Apple’s current efforts to push mini-LED in the iPad Pro, the rumors may not be wrong.

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Mini-LED Stories February 23, 2021

We’ve been hearing reports of a mini-LED iPad Pro for well over a year now, with almost all of them specifically pointing to the display tech first appearing in the 12.9-inch model. The latest supply-chain support for this comes in a new report today.

What’s been rather less consistent are suggestions of when we might expect to see the launch, with reports initially indicating Q4 2020 but more recently predicting the first or second quarter of this year…

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Mini-LED Stories January 8, 2021

We’ve been hearing more and more about new LCD display technologies and how Apple plans to adopt them in its devices this year. Follow along for an explainer on what mini-LED display tech is, why Apple is moving to it with iPad and MacBook Pro soon, and what to expect from Apple’s 2021 plans.

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Mini-LED Stories January 7, 2021

A new supply-chain report today says that we can expect to see a 2021 16-inch MacBook Pro with a miniLED screen. This is consistent with a recent report from noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Kuo said just over a month ago that we can expect to see two MacBook Pro models with an all-new form factor, as well as miniLED backlighting …

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Mini-LED Stories December 28, 2020

Apple is widely expected to begin transitioning to mini LED displays in 2021, and a new report from Digitimes adds further corroboration. The report indicates that Apple will debut a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro with mini LED display technology in Q1 of 2021.

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Mini-LED Stories September 29, 2020

A supply chain report today supports earlier predictions that the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with miniLED screen will be the first Apple product with the latest backlighting tech.

There are, however, conflicting timings, with noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expecting the new device in Q4 of this year, and today’s report suggesting instead it will be Q1 next year …

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Mini-LED Stories September 23, 2020

Following Monday’s miniLED report, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has a follow-up report out today stating that the first Apple product to use the technology will be a new iPad Pro in Q4 of this year.

Today’s report doesn’t get any more specific than that, but a previous report predicted that the first model to get the improved backlighting system would be the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. That timescale is now said to have accelerated …

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Mini-LED Stories September 21, 2020

Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple’s miniLED plans are being accelerated, the company using the screens in more 2021 iPads and MacBooks than expected.

His previous estimates had suggested that the new backlighting technology for LCD screens would be used only on the top models next year, but it now appears that it will make it into some mid-range models too …

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Mini-LED Stories June 22, 2020

A new supply-chain report says that LG will make mini-LED screens for the 5th-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro. It says that the new model — which is also expected to support 5G — will launch in the final quarter of this year “at the earliest.”

It follows an earlier report that LG will this year end Samsung’s monopoly as sole supplier of OLED iPhone screens…

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Mini-LED Stories June 3, 2020

The next-gen iPad Pro will use the Snapdragon X55 modem, meaning that it will support both 5G standards, including the fast 5G offered at particularly busy areas like airports, train stations and tourist hotspots. The claim has been made by noted leaker @L0vetodream.

mmWave is needed to get the gigabit speeds of the faster 5G standard, while sub-6Ghz offers slower speeds but much greater range …

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Mini-LED Stories March 20, 2020

Apple may have just launched new iPad Pro models, but a supply-chain report today says that Apple will still launch another new model later in the year.

It was back in September of last year that Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo first predicted iPad Pro models with mini-LED backlighting to launch in the final quarter of 2020, and there have been a series of reports since then supporting this …

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Mini-LED Stories March 5, 2020

Somewhat confused Digitimes report backs mini-LED backlighting in 2020 Apple devices

One of the elements of a recent report from reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo was the suggestion that Apple would be adopting mini-LED backlighting for six products this year …

Mini-LED Stories February 24, 2020

Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said back in September of last year that Apple was working on new mini-LED iPad models, to be launched sometime around the end of 2020, or beginning of 2021.

There’s now corroboration for that report, a supply-chain report claiming that Apple has now placed orders for these after approving earlier samples …

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Mini-LED Stories April 9, 2019

TF Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo has released a report which lays out Apple’s product interest in mini-LED technology. Kuo says that Apple will launch a 31.6-inch (6K resolution) external display in the second or third quarter of 2019 and feature a mini-LED backlight.

By late 2020 or early 2021, Kuo says that Apple will also launch a new iPad and new MacBook with mini-LED displays. It seems that whilst the 2019 31.6-inch display will only use mini-LED technology for the backlight, these future iPad and MacBook would feature true end-to-end mini-LED screens. This is why the timeline for these products stretches further into the future.

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