Apple Seeking Additional Suppliers to Meet Mini-LED Display Demand for iPad Pro and Upcoming MacBook Pro

Apple is continuing to struggle to meet demand for mini-LED displays in its recently launched 12.9-inch iPad Pro and displays in upcoming MacBook Pros, prompting the company to begin looking for extra suppliers in an attempt to ease the load.

Mini LED MacBook Pro Feature
According to a paywalled preview of a DigiTimes report slated to be published tomorrow, Apple is looking for suppliers beyond Taiwan Surface Mounting Technology, or TSMT, to assist in mounting electrical components onto circuit boards for the mini-LED display in the 12.9-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ and upcoming MacBook Pros.

DigiTimes had previously reported that TSMT would remain the sole supplier of SMT (surface mounting technology) for the ‌iPad Pro‌ and the upcoming MacBook Pro. Since that report, however, Apple has seemed to change its outlook on the situation, potentially realizing that demand for the 12.9-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ and expected demand for the upcoming MacBook Pro may exceed the capabilities of a single supplier.

Following its launch, Apple's M1-powered 12.9-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ was rather limited in stock, with shipping times at the time of launch in April reaching mid and late July. Due to continued disruptions thanks to the global health crisis and global chip shortage, a similar scenario may be in practice with upcoming MacBook Pros.

Apple's M1-powered 12.9-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ was the first Apple product to feature the company's Liquid Retina XDR display with mini-LED, rather than traditional LCD or OLED. Apple is expected to bring this same technology to redesigned MacBook Pros expected to launch later this year.

Related Forums: iPad, MacBook Pro

Top Rated Comments

fourthtunz Avatar
4 weeks ago
Mini-LED a solution for a non problem.
How many of you would have bought the M2 MacBook Pro in the old shell with no updates?
I would have.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
svish Avatar
4 weeks ago
Wish Macbook Pro is announced soon. Also would like to see 11" mini LED iPad Pro in the future.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Serban55 Avatar
4 weeks ago

Do you even know the difference between Mini-LED and MicroLED? They are totally different technology.
i think he wanted to say that its very hard to have mini-led with control for individual pixels..since mini-led still at the core is lcd tech and not oled...micro-led can do that...but we are 10 years away
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
R.T.J. Avatar
4 weeks ago
They should, I am ready to get a new MBP. My 2014 is having some problems. I work in event production doing visuals for big concerts and I would need that MBP to handle up to 6 video streams in real-time. Finally, I can replace my tower too.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving Avatar
4 weeks ago

I'm starting to wonder if we'll learn that unicorns are real before we ever see this new M1x MacBook Pro.
Or if Santa is real at this point. ?
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LeLootje Avatar
4 weeks ago

Mini-LED a solution for a non problem.

I don't know: I use my iPad Pro a lot for work applications that show the user interface in the same place all the time. Maybe they use the mini-LED for the iPad Pro displays to prevent burn-in issues with this kind of use (the same elements on the screen during several hours a day), and OLED for the 'consumption' of content like movies on the iPad Air, where there are no interface elements on the screen for a long time.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Top Stories

Flat 2021 MacBook Pro Mockup Feature 1

Apple Expecting High Demand for Upcoming MacBook Pros, Enlists Extra Mini-LED Display Supplier

Tuesday July 13, 2021 1:06 am PDT by
Apple is seemingly preparing for high demand for its upcoming redesigned 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros, and, as a result, has reportedly enlisted a second supplier for its mini-LED displays ahead of their launch. According to DigiTimes, Apple has added Luxshare Precision Industry as the second supplier for surface mounting technology (SMT) for mini-LED displays. Apple had previously only...
m1 ipad pro 1

Kuo: 2022 11-Inch iPad Pro to Feature Mini-LED Display, Not Just 12.9-Inch Model

Thursday July 8, 2021 9:25 pm PDT by
Rather than a mini-LED display being limited to just the high-end 12.9-inch iPad Pro, Apple plans to make the new display technology also available on the smaller 11-inch iPad Pro next year, according to well respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In an investor note obtained by MacRumors today, Kuo said that alongside a new MacBook Air equipped with a mini-LED display next year, Apple is...
Mini LED MacBook Pro Feature

Apple Reportedly Spending $200 Million to Improve Mini-LED Production for Upcoming 14-Inch and 16-Inch MacBook Pro

Thursday July 1, 2021 12:04 am PDT by
Apple is taking a significant step to improve the production of mini-LED displays for its upcoming redesigned 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros, by investing $200 million in purchasing new equipment for four brand new mini-LED assembly lines, according to a paywalled report from DigiTimes, seen by MacRumors. According to the report, Apple will spend $200 million on procuring additional SMT or ...
Mini LED MacBook Pro Feature

Apple's Mini-LED Suppliers to Ramp up Shipments for Redesigned MacBook Pro Models in Third Quarter

Thursday July 1, 2021 1:02 am PDT by
Apple's mini-LED suppliers for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro have entered the supply chain for its redesigned 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, which are on schedule to be unveiled in September, according to a new paywalled DigiTimes report. Zhen Ding Technology and Tripod Technology have both entered the supply chain for Apple's upcoming mini LED-backlit MacBook series, and will be ramping up ...
Flat 2021 MacBook Pro Mockup Feature 1

Redesigned MacBook Pro Models Still on Track for 2021 Launch, But Supplies Likely to Be Constrained into Next Year

Tuesday May 18, 2021 1:12 am PDT by
Volume production of the redesigned 16-inch MacBook Pro with Apple silicon and a mini-LED display is set to begin in the first quarter of 2022, while mass production of the smaller and new 14-inch MacBook Pro will begin in the fourth quarter of this year, according to industry sources cited in a paywalled DigiTimes report. Yesterday, DigiTimes posted a preview of a story reporting that the la...
Flat 2021 MacBook Pro Mockup Feature 1

Mini-LED Display Production Improving for Redesigned MacBook Pro Models Later This Year

Monday May 3, 2021 8:33 am PDT by
Apple supplier TSMT, a key vendor involved in the production of mini-LED displays in the newly announced 12.9-inch iPad Pro, has been able to address technical challenges for the production of mini-LED displays to be used in the upcoming 14 and 16-inch redesigned MacBook Pro models. As reported by DigiTimes, TSMT had initially been facing production constraints with the circuit board and...
16 inch macbook pro m2 render

Gurman: Redesigned MacBook Pros to Launch Between September and November

Sunday July 18, 2021 7:39 am PDT by
Apple can be expected to release its redesigned 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros sometime between September and November, as part of another packed fall season for new product launches, according to Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman. In the latest edition of his Power On newsletter, Gurman says that the new MacBook Pros will go into production in the third quarter and can be expected to be...
iPad Pro Mini LED

Upcoming 12.9-Inch iPad Pro Supplies Could Be Limited Due to Mini-LED Production Issues

Sunday April 11, 2021 9:47 pm PDT by
Apple's upcoming 12.9-inch iPad Pro may be in short supply when it launches due to production issues of the mini-LED display being used in the device, reports Bloomberg. Apple suppliers are experiencing poor manufacturing yields of the display, and at least one mini-LED maker has had to pause production as a result of these issues. Though there are troubles with mini-LED display...
16 inch macbook pro m2 render

DigiTimes: Apple to Announce Redesigned 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro in September

Thursday July 1, 2021 12:46 am PDT by
After months of rumors and speculation, Apple plans to announce its redesigned 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro featuring mini-LED displays, an all-new design, and a faster Apple silicon processor in September of this year, according to a report from DigiTimes. According to the paywalled report, which revealed that Apple is planning a significant investment in bolstering mini-LED production,...
maxresdefault

See the Dramatic Improvement Mini-LED Brings to the M1 iPad Pro's Display

Tuesday May 25, 2021 12:26 pm PDT by
Aside from the M1 chip, Apple's 12.9-inch 2021 iPad Pro models have one other standout feature - the new mini-LED display. It's the best ever display used in an iPad, and there's such a stark difference between the mini-LED display and the display of the 2020 iPad Pro that we had to show it off. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. The iPad Pro's mini-LED display, which ...