Kuo: High-End iPad and MacBook With Mini-LED Displays to Launch Between Late 2020 and Mid 2021

Reiterating a prediction he shared in April, noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo today said Apple plans to release high-end iPad and MacBook models with Mini-LED displays between late 2020 and mid 2021.


In a research note for TF International Securities, seen by MacRumors, Kuo added that the iPad and MacBook displays will each use approximately 10,000 LEDs, compared to 576 in Apple's upcoming Pro Display XDR. Each LED is said to be below 200 microns in size, significantly smaller than those in the Pro Display XDR.

Kuo previously said the iPad and MacBook models will have 10-12 inch and 15-17 inch display sizes respectively, and he also expects them to be high-end devices due to costly Mini-LED display components. Altogether, that means these will likely be iPad Pro and MacBook Pro models, but Kuo has not specified.

Although mass production of medium-sized OLED displays has gradually improved, and the wide color gamut performance of OLED is comparable to that of Mini-LED, Kuo believes Mini-LED is Apple's first choice to avoid burn-in issues and to reduce its dependance on Samsung for supply of OLED displays.

LG Display will supply the Mini-LED display panels, while other Mini-LED component suppliers will include Epistar, Zhen Ding, Radiant Opto-Electronics, Nichia, Avary Holding, and TSMT, according to Kuo.

Kuo believes the Mini-LED displays will allow for thinner and lighter product designs, while also offering good wide color gamut performance, high contrast and HDR, and local dimming, which dims the backlight behind areas of the screen that are displaying black while keeping the bright parts of the screen bright.

Apple plans to release the iPad between the fourth quarter of 2020 and the first quarter of 2021, followed by the MacBook between the first quarter and second quarter of 2021, according to Kuo.

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10 weeks ago
If you thought the current iPad Pro and MBP’s were already expensive, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
Rating: 26 Votes
10 weeks ago


OLED is more cheaper and won’t inflate the product price substantially in contrast to mini-led.


It's not the material cost that inflates the final cost of the product to the consumer, it's Apple inflating the price itself by including keywords such as "Pro" :P
Rating: 19 Votes
10 weeks ago
Otherwise known as the 'cost an arm and a leg updates'.
Rating: 10 Votes
10 weeks ago


OLED is more cheaper and won’t inflate the product price substantially in contrast to mini-led.


Never trust anyone who says “more cheaper”
Rating: 9 Votes
10 weeks ago


If you thought the current iPad Pro and MBP’s were already expensive, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

If that’s the case, then Apple ain’t seen nothing yet when it comes to falling sales.
Rating: 7 Votes
10 weeks ago


Still not comparable with OLED, but a step up from the current LCD.

While contrast and black level won't be comparable, lack of permanent burn in (which is almost a certainty for many common computer workflows) and brighter peaks make mini-LEDs much more desirable.
Rating: 6 Votes
10 weeks ago


Mini-LED on iPhone is a must buy

You'll probably need microled there, mini won't be small enough. 10000 zones is nice, until you realize these screens have millions of pixels ;)
Rating: 5 Votes
10 weeks ago


So, LCD is slowly on its way to extinction...

Not really. Mini-LEDs are despite the grandiose name just LCDs with extra bells and whistles, as are many currently available "quantum dot displays", such as Samsung's QLEDs.

To elaborate: "mini-LED" displays are LCDs with a backlighting layer consisting of indivually addressable LEDs. And "QLED" displays (and similar displays from other manufacturers like Sony or LG) are just LCDs with an extra layer of quantum dot filters on top enhancing brightness and colour gamut.
Rating: 4 Votes
10 weeks ago
Please ship some quad core Ice Lake laptops to tide us over...
Rating: 4 Votes
10 weeks ago


Still not comparable with OLED, but a step up from the current LCD.


No, mini-LED will beat OLED, just like Pro Display XDR already beats OLED.

Apple isn't betting on mini-LED just for fun. OLED has several compromises, those are reasons why Apple is skipping OLED for premium productivity devices.


OLED is more cheaper and won’t inflate the product price substantially in contrast to mini-led.


OLED is thinner, but offers relatively poor color accuracy and brightness compared to mini-LED.

For iPad Pro and MacBook, thinness doesn't matter as much as iPhone.
Rating: 4 Votes

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