We have been listening to rumours and news for some while now. This is regarding the Apple lineup of devices shifting from normal LCD panels to mini-LED tech. The company, a couple of years ago, acquired the patent to use the technology for its displays. We are yet to see any products from them though. Initial reports claim that 2021 would be the year when Apple finally announces the first Apple products to use these display technologies. Given that the iPad Pros are next in line to come out, they would make the cut. Since more and more creators are making use of these machines, having them colour accurate would obviously make sense.
Now, an article from WCCFTECH claims that Apple would be, ultimately, shifting all of its Macs to mini-LED as well. According to the report from DigiTimes, the company may be shifting the new, upcoming MacBook Pro lineup with the new displays as well. The report claims that we may see two new MacBook Pros outfitted with the next generation of Apple Silicon. This may feature the much awaited MacBook Pro 14.1-inch model as well. Now, these would be coming out in the second quarter of 2021. The report also added that a MacBook Air with mini-LED would follow this as well. Sadly though, this would be in the year 2022.
Now, why the delay. Well, the vendors for this would obviously be short in number and it would take time for mass production to catch up. Not only that, this would hike prices and creat shortages with the existing supply line. Thus, Apple would want to make this shift in phases. The first one would be with the Pro lineup because that is due for a refresh. Another personal idea is that Apple adds this as an optional add on much like the coating on the Pro XDR display. This would perhaps work around the supply issue, to an extent. We would see since these are just based on rumours.