In an analysis note for TF International Securities, seen by MacRumors, Kuo added that the iPad and MacBook displays would each use approximately 10,000 LEDs, in comparison with 576 in Apple’s upcoming Pro Display XDR. Each LED is claimed to be under 200 microns in size, significantly smaller than those in the Pro Display XDR.
Kuo previously stated the iPad and MacBook models might have 10-12 inch and 15-17 inch display sizes respectively, and he additionally expects them to be high-end devices because of expensive Mini-LED display components. Altogether, which means there will probably be iPad Pro and MacBook Pro models, however, Kuo has not specified.
Although mass production of medium-sized OLED displays has gradually improved, and the wide color gamut performance of OLED is similar to that of Mini-LED, Kuo believes Mini-LED is Apple’s first option to avoid burn-in issues and to reduce its dependence on Samsung for the supply of OLED displays.
LG Display will provide the Mini-LED display panels, while other Mini-LED component suppliers will include Epistar, Zhen Ding, Radiant Opto-Electronics, Nichia, Avary Holding, and TSMT, based on Kuo.
Kuo believes the Mini-LED displays will allow for thinner and lighter product designs, while also offering excellent wide color gamut performance, high contrast and HDR, and local dimming, which dims the backlight behind areas of the display which are displaying black while maintaining the bright parts of the screen brightness.
Apple plans to launch the iPad between the fourth quarter of 2020 and the first quarter of 2021, followed by the MacBook between the first quarter and second quarter of 2021, based on Kuo.