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

Tuesday December 3, 2019 11:29 AM PST by Joe Rossignol

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.

Related Roundups: iPad Pro, MacBook Pro

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18 weeks 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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18 weeks 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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18 weeks ago
How bout a micro-LED watch?
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18 weeks 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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18 weeks ago


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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18 weeks ago
What about the 11” iPad pro ?
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