Apple to use mini-LED displays on up to 40% of iPads next year
The world of mini-LED is more competitive than first thought
A new research note by reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via MacRumors) claims Apple has decided in recent weeks to accelerate the adoption of mini-LED display technology on both the iPad and Mac product lines.
However, rival Sanan Optoelectronics has experienced better and faster than expected development in recent months and has now secured a lucrative agreement with Apple to supply the necessary display chips starting sometime in 2021 rather than 2022.
Up to 40% of iPads will use mini-LED displays in 2021
Apple looks set to use mini-LED technology on roughly 20-30% of MacBook shipments and an impressive 30-40% of all iPad shipments in 2021. That's a massive increase over the original estimates of 10-20% for both sets of products.
The Silicon Valley-based company has plans for at least six mini-LED products to be released by the end of 2021, according to Kuo. Leading the way will be a 12.9-inch iPad Pro which may support 5G. It'll be accompanied by a 7.9-inch iPad mini and a future version of the 10.2-inch budget iPad.
Nevertheless, delays are still very much possible. Ming-Chi Kuo warns in his investor note that everything from the trade tensions between the US and China to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic could impact production in some form.
The benefits of mini-LED displays over LCD displays
For those of you that don't yet know, mini-LED display technology is essentially the next-generation of LCD technology rather than OLED. It offers countless benefits and much better replicates the performance of OLED without some of the key drawbacks.