Apple Reportedly Working To Ramp Up mini-LED Display Production For 2022
Apple is reportedly working to increase the rate at which mini-LED chips are being built in order to meet demand for products in 2022. The company is also said to be bringing new suppliers online as part of the project.
Apple currently offers three products that make use of the mini-LED technology that it’s working to expand production of.
The high-end Pro Display XDR is a monitor that is unlikely to be in high demand. But the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and new 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro are both different monsters. Apple is also thought to be ready to bring the same technology to other products, too.
Devices that could see the arrival of mini-LED in 2022 include new external displays, the 11-inch iPad Pro, and perhaps a 27-inch iMac Pro, all requiring the chips that drive mini-LED screens. Those chips are hard to come by, but DigiTimes reports Apple is making moves to fix that.
China-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Sanan Optoelectronics has recently obtained certification from Apple for backlighting-use miniLED chips and may begin shipments in second-quarter 2022 at the earliest, according to industry sources.
Even if Apple ultimately doesn’t ship new products that take advantage of mini-LED in 2022, building a stockpile of chips for 2023 wouldn’t be a bad idea. Especially if even more products are on the horizon.