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Ming Chi-Kuo predicts Apple will release new iPads and MacBooks with mini-LED panels by late 2020 or early 2021

Last updated on March 23, 2020

Ming Chi-Kuo is known to be the best Apple analyst out there in the industry because it rarely happens that he goes wrong on predicting the future Apple products. Now, Kuo has made a big prediction regarding Apple’s plans and it is something that would excite a lot of their fans. Ming Chi-Kuo says that Apple is looking to add Mini LED panels to the next MacBook and iPad devices. He adds that instead of going for OLED panels, Apple will go for Mini LED displays. And he says that the reason is that Apple is concerned about the burn-in issue.

The burn-in issue is common in OLED panels where you see a permanent display portion on the screen even when the display is turned off. While this issue does not come instantly, they do happen over a prolonged period of usage. For this reason, companies have started to shift pixels so that no single pixel remains in the same position for a long time.

Coming back to Apple’s Mini LED development, Ming predicts that Apple will have these products with a Mini LED ready for the beginning of 2021 or even by the end of 2020. He says that the company might launch the iPad with Mini LED in late 2020 while the MacBook with Mini LED will be announced in early 2021. He also says that these products are going to be a lot more than expensive than the current versions with an LCD display. From this, we can assume that the Mini LED will only be seen on Apple’s iPad Pro and MacBook Pro lineup.

Also added in the report is the fact that Apple is looking to reduce its dependence on Samsung for the supply of display components. For this reason, Apple’s Mini LED displays will be supplied by LG and others such as Epistar, Zhen Ding, Radiant Opto-Electronics, Nichia, Avary Holding, and TSMT

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