Report: 129-inch iPad Pro with mini LED in Q12021, then 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro

A pair of new reports from research firm Trendforce today provide additional details on how to transform Apple into Apple Silicon as well as the iPad Pro and Mac into mini LED display technology. According to Trendforce, Apple could probably launch a 12.9-inch iPad Pro with a mini LED on the Q12021.

The report explains that Apple’s transition to mini LED technology will begin in the first quarter of 2021 with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. At the same time, Apple is expected to start providing mini LED technology providers for the 16-inch MacBook Pro and a new 14-inch MacBook. Pro.

Mini LED screens provide a rich wide color palette, higher contrast ratio, higher dynamic range and fading localization. Mini LEDs are believed to result in more energy-efficient thin panels and they do not suffer from burn-in like OLEDs. These features make the Apple Mini LEDT “Focus on the future planning process of the company’s new display products.”

Trendforce notes that Apple will probably rely heavily on Taiwanese manufacturers for its small LED displays as a way to reduce its reliance on Chinese manufacturers:

Although Chinese manufacturers currently have a lot of production capacity and cost advantages in the flow and downstream LED supply chain, Apple has decided to collaborate with Taiwanese manufacturers (which constitute a more stable supply chain) to avoid the effects of China-US. Trade war.

In a separate report released today, TrendForce details Apple Silicon and how Apple will transform the Mac, iPhone and iPad into its new custom processors. The report explains that 5nm Apple Silicon processors will be significantly more affordable to Apple than similar Intel processors:

Although Apple still needs TSMC to make its self-designed processors, the production cost of a Mac processor made with TSMC’s 5nm node is currently priced at US, 200, which is significantly more affordable than the 10nm Intel Core i3 processor. Dollars.

The report further explains that mass production of the A14 bionic processor for the iPhone 12 is underway this year. The A14X Bionic Q1 is expected to power the new iPad Pro devices in 2021, and larger production is scheduled to begin in “small size” for some time between Q3 2020.

Apple has already confirmed that it will ship the first Mac with Apple Silicon before the end of this year, but it remains to be seen which Mac it will have and which processor it will have inside. Interestingly, reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that a new 24-inch iMac will be one of the first Macs to switch to Apple Silicon.

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