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Apple is continuing to struggle to meet demand for mini-LED displays in its recently launched 12.9-inch iPad Pro and displays in upcoming MacBook Pros, prompting the company to begin looking for extra suppliers in an attempt to ease the load.

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According to a paywalled preview of a DigiTimes report slated to be published tomorrow, Apple is looking for suppliers beyond Taiwan Surface Mounting Technology, or TSMT, to assist in mounting electrical components onto circuit boards for the mini-LED display in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and upcoming MacBook Pros.

DigiTimes had previously reported that TSMT would remain the sole supplier of SMT (surface mounting technology) for the iPad Pro and the upcoming MacBook Pro. Since that report, however, Apple has seemed to change its outlook on the situation, potentially realizing that demand for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and expected demand for the upcoming MacBook Pro may exceed the capabilities of a single supplier.

Following its launch, Apple's M1-powered 12.9-inch iPad Pro was rather limited in stock, with shipping times at the time of launch in April reaching mid and late July. Due to continued disruptions thanks to the global health crisis and global chip shortage, a similar scenario may be in practice with upcoming MacBook Pros.

Apple's M1-powered 12.9-inch iPad Pro was the first Apple product to feature the company's Liquid Retina XDR display with mini-LED, rather than traditional LCD or OLED. Apple is expected to bring this same technology to redesigned MacBook Pros expected to launch later this year.

Article Link: Apple Seeking Additional Suppliers to Meet Mini-LED Display Demand for iPad Pro and Upcoming MacBook Pro
 

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They should, I am ready to get a new MBP. My 2014 is having some problems. I work in event production doing visuals for big concerts and I would need that MBP to handle up to 6 video streams in real-time. Finally, I can replace my tower too.
 

LeLootje

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Mini-LED a solution for a non problem.
I don't know: I use my iPad Pro a lot for work applications that show the user interface in the same place all the time. Maybe they use the mini-LED for the iPad Pro displays to prevent burn-in issues with this kind of use (the same elements on the screen during several hours a day), and OLED for the 'consumption' of content like movies on the iPad Air, where there are no interface elements on the screen for a long time.
 

sunny5

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I think they should working on mini-LED controller to control individual LEDs instead of local dimming zones.
 
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Serban55

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Mini-LED a solution for a non problem.
How many of you would have bought the M2 MacBook Pro in the old shell with no updates?
I would have.
mini-led is a solution for todays lcd that has image retention, or light bleed, or no true hdr
so, there are problems with any display tech...even the micro-led that its very hard to shrunk the pixels for smaller displays
 

sunny5

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mini-led is a solution for todays lcd that has image retention, or light bleed, or no true hdr
so, there are problems with any display tech...even the micro-led that its very hard to shrunk the pixels for smaller displays
For iPhone, it's impossible but monitors are quite possible since South Korea developed a new technology for MicroLED. They were able to put 1225 LEDs in 100mm2. And they will transfer their technology to either Samsung or LG within 2 years so we'll see.
 
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Serban55

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Do you even know the difference between Mini-LED and MicroLED? They are totally different technology.
i think he wanted to say that its very hard to have mini-led with control for individual pixels..since mini-led still at the core is lcd tech and not oled...micro-led can do that...but we are 10 years away
 

Serban55

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For iPhone, it's impossible but monitors are quite possible since South Korea developed a new technology for MicroLED. They were able to put 1225 LEDs in 100mm2.
yep, iphones, apple watch ipads and even macbooks are our of the question for the next 10 years ...hopefully it will come to the market...but for apple...only the xdr pro display and the imacs can be the first micro-led displays
 

sunny5

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i think he wanted to say that its very hard to have mini-led with control for individual pixels..since mini-led still at the core is lcd tech and not oled...micro-led can do that...but we are 10 years away
MiniLED are not pixels. The size is totally different. But it's just a matter of time before MicroLED hit the market. If Apple can control each LED, then it will perform way better than before.
 

ThisBougieLife

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I'm all for improvements in display technology, but right now I think bringing Apple Silicon to the 16" form factor (with more powerful graphics) should be the priority. If they have to keep the same LCD technology for another cycle I'm fine with that. It's already one of the best laptop displays there is.
 

arvinsim

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I am going to be disappointed if the Macbooks are delayed due to Mini-LED shortage.

I don't care about Mini-LED. Just give me a better CPU and a bigger Macbook and I will be happy.
 
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FasterQuieter

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I have found the mini-LED tech in the new iPad Pro to be a little underwhelming, but still a big improvement over the last generation. The contrast I see when watching movies is a much higher. The blacks are black enough for that. The 2 downsides are the blooming when you have white text on a black background and the edge illumination when you have a white background. For some reason the edges of the screen are slightly dimmer. Like the backlighting can't quite reach. It is clearly a compromise solution, whilst better tech is developed. On balance though, those deeper blacks make it worth it for me.
 
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jjudson

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Wish Macbook Pro is announced soon. Also would like to see 11" mini LED iPad Pro in the future.
I just bought the 11” iPad Pro because it didn’t have mini-LED. I didn’t want to wait and have them add it. I’m pretty anal and I just know the blooming issue would drive me nuts.

Hmmm…

Blooming Anal. Do they have that at Outback Steakhouse?
 
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