Don't wait any longer with buying a new iPad or MackBook: Apple introduces mini-LED screens in high-end MacBook and iPad models already next year, claims report
- Devices will probably fall into the MacBook Pro and iPad Pro series.
- Samsung currently supplies OLED screens for its advanced iPhone models.
- Targeted release window between vacation 2020 and summer 2021.
Apple is preparing for a major upgrade of the screens used in MacBooks and iPad, as part of an effort to minimize the company's dependence on Samsung components.
In a research note from TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, picked up by MacRumours, the new devices are scheduled for release sometime between vacation 2020 and the summer of 2021.
The intended devices are probably 10-inch and 12-inch iPads and 15-inch and 17-inch MacBooks, which would be branded as Pro models due to the high cost and general difficulty of manufacturing mini-LED screens.
The current MacBook Pro models will receive a major upgrade of the display, but it is likely to have a high price.
Mini LEDs are just ordinary LEDs, much smaller, making it possible to pack thousands more in a display.
The additional light sources make screens considerably brighter and create more vivid and nuanced colors due to the larger combination of lights made possible by the higher number of LEDs.
There are currently not many mini LED screens on the market, one of the first TCL & # 39; s 8-series TV & # 39; s, starting at $ 1,999 for a 65-inch model.
Apple has relied on Samsung to produce the Retina screens used in current MacBook and iPad lines, and it also offers OLED screens for iPhone X and iPhone 11.
In 2018, Apple reached an agreement with LG for one second screen supplier, with a first shipment of between 2 and 4 million screens.
In the same period, Samsung has become one of Apple's main competitors in the mobile market.
MINI LED F.A.Q.
LEDs are small light sources in TVs that illuminate pixels to create an image.
Mini LEDs are much smaller than regular LEDs and provide a brighter image with more saturation and richer black levels.
Because Mini LED & # 39; s are so much smaller than normal LED & # 39; s, they are difficult to produce and precisely positioned in screens, which means that they are much more expensive than traditional LED screens.
In 2018 Samsung beat Apple with the most smartphone shipments in the world. In the US, Apple maintained a close lead over Samsung, accounting for 36% of all smartphone activations compared to 34% for Samsung.
Last month, Samsung took the first place a survey of the US customer satisfaction index measure how happy smartphone owners were with their specific devices.
The Galaxy Note 9 scored an index score of 86, making the distinction of the most popular device on the market. Apple & # 39; s iPhone 8 Plus achieved an index score of 83.
Apple won its own victory last year when a San Jose jury discovered Samsung had violated a number of its smartphone patents. The jury awarded Apple $ 539 million in damages, citing copied features, including the Tap to Zoom feature, the design of an app icon, and the form factor of the phones themselves.
According to Kuo, Apple & # 39; s pursuit of a new screen technology is also intended fix burn-in problems on its OLED devices.
The new XDR display from Apple, announced in combination with a new revision of the Mac Pro, supports a resolution of 6K. Mini LED screens promise even more color saturation, brightness and detail.
In comparison with OLED's, Mini LEDs are not only clearer but less sensitive to decreasing image quality over time if the organic material degrades in OLED.
Mini-LED screens consist of 10,000 light-emitting diodes, a huge step forward compared to Apple's current high-end display, the Apple Pro Display XDR, with 576 LED & # 39; s.
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