MacBook Pro models with mini LED reportedly arriving in 2021

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in Future Apple Hardware edited April 21
Following Apple's addition of a mini LED display to the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro, a market report suggests Apple will add mini LED tech to upcoming 14-inch and 16-inch MacBooks.

After the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, mini LED displays could arrive on the MacBook Pro later in 2021
After the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, mini LED displays could arrive on the MacBook Pro later in 2021


According to market intelligence firm TrendForce, the 14-inch MacBook Pro and 16-inch MacBook Pro models will arrive in the second half of 2021 with mini LED displays.

The report predicts that the displays "will become the hardware benchmark for high-end tablets and notebook computers."

Apple has long been expected to launch a 14-inch MacBook Pro with a redesign similar to the 16-inch MacBook Pro that released in 2019. Like the latter, the 14-inch variant would have smaller bezels to fit a larger screen onto a body with a similar or identical size to that of the current 13-inch MacBook Pro.

Apple last updated the MacBook Pro in November 2020. That model added the M1 chip for boosted performance, but it had the same physical design as the previous Intel model. The mini LED update expected later in 2021 would focus much of its upgrades on display size and quality.

iPad Pro predictions

The market report also sees a bright future for the new iPad Pro that Apple introduced on Tuesday. It notes that the previous 12.9-inch model was already doing well in the niche creative and professional markets it serves. The research firm sees the new model's combination of M1 chip, mini LED display, and relatively modest $100 price hike leading to higher shipments and market share.

The analysis predicts that the new model will ship five million units this year, up from its previous estimate of four million. It also raised its expectations for the 12.9-inch tablet's market share, moving from 2.5% to 3.1%.

The report adds that it believes the 12.9-inch model's price hike reflects the higher cost of mini LED backlights rather than an attempt to increase profit margins.

Apple's latest 12.9-inch iPad Pro includes a mini LED display with Liquid Retina XDR tech
Apple's latest 12.9-inch iPad Pro includes a mini LED display with Liquid Retina XDR tech


The analysis also says that Apple's mini LED tech will "galvanize a growth against market headwinds for upstream and downstream companies in the Mini LED supply chain." Examples of affected suppliers include those making mini LED chips, testing and sorting services, surface-mount technology (SMT), backplane printed circuit boards (PCB), driver integrated circuit chips, and light-source modules.

In addition to the mini LED model, Apple announced an 11-inch iPad Pro -- without mini LED -- at its "Spring Loaded" event on Tuesday. The company also introduced a redesigned iMac, a new Apple TV, the AirTag item locator, and a purple iPhone 12.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 5
    I think the ‘Glow and behold’ tagline for WWDC 21 is a dead giveaway for mini LED backlit MacBook Pros.

    https://developer.apple.com/wwdc21/
    neilmwatto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 5
    Considering all new hardware from apple since and including M1´s, the 2021 12,9 iPad Pro is the keeper together with Airtags and Apple TV 4K 2021. The iPad Pro 12,9 2021 is the hardware I would buy with a really long perspective.

    MBA M1, MBP M1 and iMac 24 M1 owners will face serious temptations to upgrade the next 1-3 years. 
  • Reply 3 of 5
    neilmneilm Posts: 885member
    Kris2112 said:
    I think the ‘Glow and behold’ tagline for WWDC 21 is a dead giveaway for mini LED backlit MacBook Pros.

    https://developer.apple.com/wwdc21/
    Hmmm, here’s hoping you’re right!
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 5
    JapheyJaphey Posts: 618member
    Hubro said:
    Considering all new hardware from apple since and including M1´s, the 2021 12,9 iPad Pro is the keeper together with Airtags and Apple TV 4K 2021. The iPad Pro 12,9 2021 is the hardware I would buy with a really long perspective.

    MBA M1, MBP M1 and iMac 24 M1 owners will face serious temptations to upgrade the next 1-3 years. 
    I completely agree. I’m patiently waiting for that 14-inch MBP, but have to constantly resist the urge to pick up an available M1 now. I know I’ll soon regret it if I do. Hopefully Kris2112 is right. 
    Mactintwatto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 5
    rezwitsrezwits Posts: 727member
    The iPad Pro 12.9" comes out with mini LED and then all the sudden "'rumours' report mini LED MBPs?"

    And yes I know they had already 'talked' about mini LED with MBPs, but I think we can see what's ahead, FFS!

    Laters...
    watto_cobra
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