Apple has been working on mini-LED displays for some time now, and analyst Ming-Chi Kuo now says there are a total of six products in development, ranging from iPads to Macs. He adds that the first device with the new technology will be the iPad Pro.
A recent report from Ming-Chi Kuo said the company will accelerate the adoption of mini-LED panels because current tests are performing better than expected, mainly thanks to a new vendor called Sanan Optoelectronics. As a result, we got to see the first 12.9-inch iPad Pro with mini-LED display earlier than expected.
Epistar will remain the primary supplier of mini-LED panels to Apple, but the company needed more suppliers to meet initial demand. Currently, manufacturers of mini-LED panels are moving from the stage of “technological development” to the stage of “economies of scale”. Kuo believes that in 2021, the cost of manufacturing mini-LEDs will drop by about 50%, followed by about a further 35% drop in 2022.
Mass production of said panels will begin in the fourth quarter of this year and the initial order is 300,000 to 400,000 units.