Supply Chain Reports Back Rumors of MacBook Pro and iPad Pro With Mini-LED Displays in 2020

Yesterday, in a research note shared with MacRumors, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple is planning four to six products with mini-LED displays over the next two to three years, including a 12.9-inch iPad Pro with an A14X chip in the third quarter of 2020 and a refreshed 16-inch MacBook Pro in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Kuo said LG Display and Taiwanese manufacturer GIS will be the most significant benefactors of these mini-LED products starting next year.


Now, those mini-LED plans have been backed by two Taiwanese publications in DigiTimes and the Economic Daily News, with both outlets also reporting that GIS will be a key supplier of mini-LED-related components.

"Apple will introduce a 12.9-inch iPad Pro series featuring mini-LED backlit displays in 2020, with related suppliers set to kick off shipments in the third quarter, according to industry sources," reports DigiTimes, which in a separate report added that Apple also plans to release a new MacBook with a mini-LED display next year.

Likewise, the Economic Daily News reported that Apple will tap GIS for mini-LED display module assembly for an upcoming iPad.

Kuo has previously said that Mini-LED displays will allow for thinner and lighter product designs, while offering many of the same benefits of OLED displays used on the latest iPhones, including good wide color gamut performance, high contrast and dynamic range, and local dimming for truer blacks.

iPads and MacBooks currently use LCDs.

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1 week ago


Why mini LED? Why can’t they give us an OLED screen?

Because they want to get away from ordering Samsungs (competitor) OLED panels + OLED's have screen burn-in issues. Mini-Led is between OLED and Micro-Led, its immune to Burn-in and has closest screen quality to OLED. Next Gen Smarphones will have Micro-Led's but in a couple of years...
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1 week ago


Why mini LED? Why can’t they give us an OLED screen?


Static content on an OLED display is not a good idea.

Wish Microled was around the corner, will probably take another decade.
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1 week ago
How bout a micro-LED watch?
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1 week ago


Because they want to get away from ordering Samsungs (competitor) OLED panels + OLED's have screen burn-in issues. Mini-Led is between OLED and Micro-Led, its immune to Burn-in and has closest screen quality to OLED. Next Gen Smarphones will have Micro-Led's but in a couple of years...

While it's true that Apple probably wants to reduce it reliance on Samsung for OLED panels, this has nothing to do with that. Apple get's OLED panels from Samsung for iPhones. This is a rumor about iPads and MBP's which do no use OLED panels at all.

Also if Apple went with OLED panels in iPads and MBP's, they'd most likely come from LG, not Samsung. Samsung specializes in small panels. LG specializes in larger panels. Pretty much any OLED panel for a TV (Sony for example) or monitor comes from LG. Afaik, Samsung abandoned large panel OLED manufacturing.

As you mentioned, MiniLED has a lot of the benefits of OLED without the downside of burn in. It is an acceptable stopgap until MicroLED is commercially viable at a large scale.
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6 days ago at 06:49 am


I think the burn in complaint is overblown. There are many devices using OLED and there is not a huge problem that I can see.

I’ve seen a lot of burned OLED displays on the earlier smartphones with such technology, but I haven’t seen an iPhone X with those issues so far. Not a single one. Maybe it’s a better technology, or maybe is soon for that.

What I do see on the new iPhone 11 pro lineup is a green shadow when viewing it from an angle.
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6 days ago at 05:22 am
What about the 11” iPad pro ?
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1 week ago


OLED flickers

Are you referring to PWM?
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1 week ago
I’d really just like an OLED iPad. I get that OLED is potentially dangerous on a Mac, but it should be fine on a iPad. There are plenty of OLED tablets out there.
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1 week ago


Less burn in and faster refresh rate with led screens.




ZERO burn in with LED

>faster refresh rate
huh?
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1 week ago


I am still using the first generation iPad Pro 12.9 from 2015 and love it, but need to upgrade. I have been holding off because I’ve heard that the 2018 has had problems with bending. I don’t understand all the tech details but wonder if anyone can advise me on whether I’d be better off waiting for the new one or go ahead and get one now.


Unless you get like half off somehow I’d wait. For sure there’s a new one by next version of iPadOS.
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I’d really just like an OLED iPad. I get that OLED is potentially dangerous on a Mac, but it should be fine on a iPad. There are plenty of OLED tablets out there.


Yep. I’m good with either which should improve screen quality. Oled would still be superior on iPad though.
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