Apple’s switch to LED displays could reduces power consumption by 12-percent

Apple Store“Apple chief executive Steve Jobs has revealed that the company will substitute light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for the fluorescent lamps now used to backlight Macs’ flat-panel screen displays, confirming rumours that first surfaced in January,” Gregg Keizer reports for Computerworld.

Keizer reports, “By turning to LEDs, Apple can eliminate the mercury used in fluorescent lighting. ‘We plan to introduce our first Macs with LED backlight technology in 2007,’ Jobs said.”

“According to Cree, a manufacturer of LED backlighting, the technology reduces power consumption by 12% from a traditional fluorescent tube. Other benefits include a more even distribution of light and truer colours,” Keizer reports.

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  1. My next MacBook Pro purchase is holding on two things: Leopard and LED backlit displays. Once they’re on the market it’s time to squeeze the checking account. Hopefully, both will be out before Halloween.

  2. I get the impression that LED technology is problematic for larger screens therefore the screen, I assume, would be darker….looks like I will not be getting it in the 17″ MBP that I want to buy in september.

  3. @ Buster
    Maybe so.. but wouldnt it be prudent to see the new models first before making up your mind ?
    I mean, when was the last time His Steveness dissappointed you ?

  4. @KingMel – I’d love to see some way that Apple could make an off the shelf graphics card fit in an iMac so you could upgrade it, but I just don’t see it happening. There would have to be about 2 PCI slots of space for a card, in case it has a massive cooler, and then there might be heat issues in the rest of the case. Not to mention how you’d hook up to the card outputs, and even plug the card into some hinged slot…would be a nightmare to design 🙁

    I’ll keep dreaming too though 😀

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