Apple said to launch mini LED 12.9-inch iPad Pro in early 2021, MacBook Pro in 2H21

Apple is expected to launch 12.9-inch mini LED-backlit iPad Pro in early 2021 and the company will also launch a mini LED-backlit MacBook Pro in second-half 2021, according to supply chain sources, DigiTimes reports.

Apple's current iPad Pro ever with its optional Magic Keyboard.
Apple’s current iPad Pro ever with its optional Magic Keyboard.

Siu Han and for Adam Hwang DigiTimes:

Osram Opto Semiconductors is expected to supply backlight-use mini LED for high-end MacBook in second-half 2021, becoming Apple’s second supplier of such chips next to Taiwan-based Epistar, according to industry sources.

Apple will also launch mini LED-backlit high-end MacBook in second-half 2021, will seek additional suppliers of mini LEDs to secure stable supply, the sources said. As a supplier of backlight-use LEDs for Apple Watch and iPhone, Osram Opto is expected to become another supplier of MacBook-use mini LEDs, and set up initial monthly production capacity of 100 million mini LEDs at its plant in Malaysia, the sources indicated.

China-based Sanan Optoelectronics’s mini LEDs are also being validated by Apple, the sources said.

MacDailyNews Take: The report notes that costs for mini LED backlighting is at least 20-30% higher than that for regular LED backlighting, but, for Apple’s Macs, the company will be enjoying significant savings by upgrading to Apple silicon, offsetting the higher mini LED costs.

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