Apple Reportedly Has As Many As Six mini-LED Products In The Pipeline Including MacBooks And iPads
Mini-LED is a technology we’ve heard of on and off over the last year, with Apple said to be working on bringing it to some of its products. Now, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that Apple will launch as many as six different mini-LED products before the end of 2021.
In a research note, Kuo says that an the products cover multiple Apple lines, including a 12.9-inch iPad Pro, a 27-inch iMac Pro, a 14.1-inch MacBook Pro, a 16-inch MacBook Pro, a 10.2-inch iPad, and a 7.9-inch iPad mini.
And while specific launch dates for most of the products haven’t been shared, they’re all expected to arrive before 2021 comes to a close.
The product research and development for mini LED remain unaffected by the COVID-19. The visibility for commercialization has even exceeded the expectations in our previous report.
The trend for Apple’s development and promotion of mini LED are more identifiable in five years. We predict that Apple is currently developing six mini-LED-support products (vs. the previous report of only two products), including a 12.9-inch iPad Pro, a 27-inch iMac Pro in 4Q20, a 14.1-inch MacBook Pro (upgraded from 13.3-inch), a 16-inch MacBook Pro, a 10.2-inch iPad, and a 7.9-inch iPad mini in 2020.
The 14-inch MacBook Pro is of note because it’s the first time it’s really been mentioned. We’ve suspected that a replacement for the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro would be larger, just as the new 16-inch MacBook Pro is larger than the 15-inch model it replaced. But now we have the nearest thing to confirmation yet.
The refreshed iMac Pro is also good news for fans of the product. It hasn’t been refreshed since it was first released back in 2017. With Apple’s new Mac Pro now here, many had wondered whether the iMac Pro would be kicked to the side of the road.