A new report from Ming-Chi Kuo cited by MacRumors reiterates his belief that this year’s MacBook Pro models will feature screens based on mini-LED, a tech which provide better colour reproduction, deeper blacks, higher contrast and greater dynamic range than is possible with the conventional LED screens currently offered.
Furthermore, the well-informed analyst expects that the launch will lead to a major breakthrough for mini-LED in general, which could eventually lead to a significant reduction in the price of the backlighting tech.
“We believe that MacBooks, not iPads, mainly drive mini-LED panel shipments,” Kuo writes. “We expect MacBook shipments to grow significantly by 20% YoY, or more in 2021 and 2022, due to the adoption of mini-LED panels, Apple Silicon, and all-new designs.”
The new displays will be manufactured primarily by Taiwan Surface Mounting Technology (TSMT), the same company which produces the mini-LED panels in the latest 12.9in iPad Pro.
However, according to DigiTimes, a small number of screens will also be manufactured by Luxshare Precision Industry, a Chinese company founded in 2004.
As usual, rumours like these should be taken with a pinch of salt – Ming-Chi Kuo is one of the most respected analysts on the circuit, but it’s worth pointing out that with an AppleTrack accuracy rating at time of writing of 76.6% he is best viewed as a solid rather than oracular prediction-monger. But there is now a weight of evidence in support of this theory, and following the iPad Pro launch it would be logical for the new MacBook Pro to gain mini-LED too.
Kuo has also said that the MacBook Air will gain a mini-LED screen, but not until 2022.
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This article originally appeared on Macworld Sweden. Translation and additional reporting by David Price.