Apple will adopt mini LED backlighting for their future Macs and iPads over the next three years. This includes the 31.6-inch iMac which will be released in the second or third quarter of 2019.
The news was published on the DigiTimes website this morning:
“Apple will adopt mini LED backlighting for a 31.6-inch iMac to be launched in the second or third quarter of 2019, a 10- to 12-inch iPad to be unveiled in fourth-quarter 2020 or first-quarter 2021, and a 15- to 17-inch MacBook to be introduced in first-half 2021”, the analyst Kuo Ming-chi at TF International Securities said.
DigiTimes has build its report on comments made by the popular analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The report included a warning of possible mistranslation, referred to a 31.6-inch 6K standalone display, however, DigiTimes has referred to an iMac with the same dimensions plenty of times before.
The report continues with a note according to which Apple is settling on mini LED technology for its wide color gamut, local dimming, high dynamic range, and high contrast ratio.
“The backlight unit (BLU) to be used in the 31.6-inch iMac will be made of about 500 LED chips of 600 microns in size, with Japan-based Nichia to supply the LEDs”, Kuo said.
“Strictly speaking, this is a quasi-mini LED BLU because the chip size is much larger than those of standard mini LEDs, according to industry sources. However, the use of such a BLU will give opportunities for the supply chain to improve mini LED production in cost and yield rate”, the sources stated.
According to Kuo’s report, over10,000 mini LEDs will be needed for the “10- to 12-inch iPad,” and these LEDs will be made by Epistar.
At the same time, LCD panels will come from LG Display and BLUs by Radiant Opto-Electronics.
Together, the three companies will form parts of the supply chain for the mini LED-backlit MacBook.