Rumors that Apple will transition its iPad line to mini-LED panels have been circulating for fairly some time now – the (rumored) launch was initially focused for late 2020, however that was pushed again to this 12 months. And it might lastly be taking place.
DigiTimes experiences that Ennostar will begin mass producing mini-LED panels on the finish of this quarter (i.e. March). This traces up with the unofficial information that new iPad Execs (11 and 12.9 inch) will probably be unveiled in March.
The Professional tablets are mentioned to be the primary to undertake mini-LED, to be adopted by MacBooks (the upcoming 14 and 16 inch MacBook Pros, maybe, however that’s not sure). The corporate has additionally lengthy been reported to be occupied with one other know-how, micro-LED, for its wearables (and maybe sooner or later for iPhones too).
What’s the distinction between mini and micro? Fairly a bit, truly. Mini-LED panels are like LCDs with extra native dimming zones than present panels – as a substitute of some dozen, they’ve just a few hundred (and even thousand). They’ll nonetheless require a liquid crystal layer, nevertheless. Micro-LED drops all that and has emissive pixels as a substitute, identical to OLED. The most important distinction is that the micro-LEDs don’t use Natural supplies, which makes them brighter and extra energy environment friendly.