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

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.

Mini LED MacBook Pro Feature

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 their shipments of backlight boards starting the third quarter, according to industry sources.

According to the report, Zhen Ding will complete its second-phase investment in capacity expansion for mini-LED boards in the third quarter to meet demand for the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, which are "set for launch in late third-quarter 2021," said sources who spoke to DigiTimes.

The third quarter runs from July through September, which would line up with a MacBook Pro announcement during or around Apple's annual iPhone event, which is on course this year to return to its traditional September schedule. A September MacBook Pro unveiling would be unusual for Apple, but not impossible, given the recent change of format for launches and announcements due to the global health crisis.

Tripod has reportedly cleared Apple's validations for equipment and capacity at its new plant in China's Xiantao, Hubei province and will be able to start production of mini-LED boards for the new MacBook Pro series in the third quarter as scheduled.

Both makers are optimistic that the higher unit prices and gross margins on the mini-LED shipments will contribute to their profitability in the second half of the year.

The upcoming MacBook Pro models will feature the most significant design overhaul to the MacBook Pro line that we've seen since 2016, and the updated machines will also address complaints that users have had with the MacBook Pro for years by bringing back older features that include MagSafe, more ports, and physical function keys.

The 14-inch MacBook Pro that's in the works will replace the existing 13-inch version, while the 16-inch model will be a successor to the current 16-inch MacBook Pro. The 14-inch model is expected to feature slimmed-down bezels, though the casing may also be slightly larger.

Both new models will have a flat-edged design that has been described as "similar to the iPhone 12" with no curved edges like current models, but in practice, the design changes may be smaller than expected. For all the details, check out the "What's Next" section of our dedicated MacBook Pro guide.

Related Roundup: 14 & 16" MacBook Pro
Related Forum: MacBook Pro

Top Rated Comments

Khedron Avatar
17 weeks ago
Apple rumour site MacRumors ready to ramp up articles about redesigned mini-LED MacBook Pro models
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
FightTheFuture Avatar
17 weeks ago

I don't want more ports. Especially not proprietary ports like MagSafe!

Just give me a powerful new M2 14" mini-LED MacBook with a great new design and function keys. Thanks!
People who want MagSafe or HDMI back aren’t thinking it through. Would you rather have HDMI or another usb-c/thunderbolt 4 port?
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Reason077 Avatar
17 weeks ago
I don't want more ports. Especially not proprietary ports like MagSafe!

Just give me a powerful new M2 14" mini-LED MacBook with a great new design and function keys. Thanks!
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
8CoreWhore Avatar
17 weeks ago
W E L L * H U R R Y * U P ! ! * I * A M * D Y I N G * H E R E ! ! ???
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Armada2 Avatar
17 weeks ago
3 short posted articles on the same re-hashed information. Just the image changed.. week is nearly over. Hang in there!
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lilkwarrior Avatar
17 weeks ago

I have no clue, but I would love to see Apple move towards industry standard 1920x1080 (in essence 4K since retina).
It might be small on a 14", but Dell/HP/Lenovo has 12, 13 and 14" with 1920x1080 (non-retina) and even the 12" is usable. 4K is offered on 13" and 15" Dells so 4K on 14" and 16" should pose no problem.

I would say 4K is the "sweet spot" where 1920x1080 retina is looking good, while able to handle 4K content.
If the 16" has anything less than 4K I will be duly disappointed.
Heck no regarding the 16:9 dimensions. 16:10 is extremely well liked aspect of Macbook Pros that should persist. Creative professionals, developers, & a good deal of Silicon Valley would flip tables deviating from that well-loved ratio of Pro Macs.

218 ppi is fine as is; 5k/6K would be neat. what’s preferred is Liquid XDR in the Macbook Pros + Dolby Vision HDR.

120hz refresh rate would be ideal, but I’ve resigned they may not have the courage to do this.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Related Stories

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,...
Mini LED MacBook Pro Feature

Mini-LED MacBook Pro Component Shipments Expected in Third Quarter

Monday May 31, 2021 8:34 am PDT by
Apple supplier Global Lighting Technologies will begin shipments of keyboard-related components for next-generation MacBook Pro models in the third quarter of 2021, according to DigiTimes, which cited industry sources. The industry sources indicated that Apple is likely to release new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with mini-LED displays in the second half of 2021, followed by more...
flat mbp 14 inch feature yellow

Redesigned 14-Inch MacBook Pro Expected to Feature Brighter Mini-LED Display With Slimmer Bezels and More

Thursday February 25, 2021 7:48 am PST by
Apple plans to unveil new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with Mini-LED-backlit displays in the second half of this year, according to industry sources cited by Taiwanese supply chain publication DigiTimes. The report claims that Radiant Opto-Electronics will be the exclusive supplier of the Mini-LED backlight units, while Quanta Computer is said to be tasked with final assembly of the...
16 inch macbook pro m2 render

Don't Buy a MacBook Pro Right Now

Friday October 15, 2021 2:18 am PDT by
New MacBook Pro models are expected to be announced on Monday at Apple's "Unleashed" event, bringing some of the biggest improvements to the product line to date, including some surprising changes, so any prospective MacBook Pro buyers should wait for the new devices to come out. According to our full feature breakdown aggregated from our coverage from a wide range of sources, including...
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...
16 inch macbook pro m2 render

When Can We Expect the Redesigned MacBook Pros Now?

Wednesday June 16, 2021 7:11 am PDT by
With no sign of redesigned MacBook Pro models at this year's WWDC, when can customers expect the much-anticipated new models to launch? A number of reports, including investor notes from Morgan Stanley and Wedbush analysts, claimed that new MacBook Pro models would be coming during this year's WWDC. This did not happen, much to the disappointment of MacBook Pro fans, who have been...
M1X MBP Feature

MacBook Pro Models Said to Start at 16GB RAM and 512GB Storage, Feature Upgraded 1080p Webcams and New Charging Brick

Tuesday October 12, 2021 12:43 pm PDT by
With the MacBook-centric Apple event now set for Monday, October 18, leakers are beginning to share a few new details that we haven't previously heard about the machines. According to Dylandkt, the base 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro models will feature 16GB RAM and 512GB of storage space, which is in line with the current high-end 13 and 16-inch MacBook Pro options. As he has said previously,...
MBA Mock White Front Blue

2022 MacBook Air Again Rumored to Feature Mini-LED Display

Friday October 22, 2021 2:35 am PDT by
Apple's next-generation MacBook Air will feature a mini-LED display and launch in 2022, according to DigiTimes. DigiTimes previously said that the MacBook Air is set to get a mini-LED display in the future, but the Taiwanese publication has now doubled-down on the claim. Citing industry sources, the latest report says that Apple is "likely" to adopt mini-LED backlighting for a MacBook Air ...
14 inch macbook pro real photo

First Real-World Photos and Video of New MacBook Pro Models Begin to Surface

Friday October 22, 2021 11:09 am PDT by
Apple unveiled new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models earlier this week, and the first real-world photos of the notebooks have surfaced. YouTube creator Luke Miani tweeted the above photo of the 14-inch MacBook Pro next to the previous-generation 13-inch MacBook Pro, providing a real-world look at the notch at the top of the display, all-black keyboard design, and more. As noted by...
macbook pro teardown 1

Quick Teardowns Offer First Look Inside 14 and 16-Inch MacBook Pro Models

Tuesday October 26, 2021 4:20 pm PDT by
Apple's 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro models are finally in the hands of customers, and one Reddit user has opened his up to give us a first look at the inside of the 10-core 14-inch machine. 14-inch MacBook Pro In addition to sharing some great photos of the internals, Reddit User the_Ex_Lurker shared some thoughts on the process of getting into the new MacBook Pro. Opening up the new...