Apple invested $200 million to ensure the supply of Mini LED components
This year, Apple launched the iPad Pro model with a mini-LED display, making many users, even more, expecting Apple to introduce new display technology into the Macbook series. There has always been news that Apple is redesigning the 14-inch and 16-inch Macbook Pro models with new self-developed chips. However, rumors were affected by the shortage of the supply chain and encountered many problems in the production arrangement, which caused the release time to be delayed.
According to MacRumors, Apple may release a redesigned Macbook Pro model in September or between the third and fourth quarters. It is understood that in addition to the new self-developed chip and the use of mini-LED technology, these models will also adopt a flat-edge design, be equipped with MagSafe chargers, and be equipped with more interfaces including HDMI and SD card readers, etc.
In order to ensure a stable supply of mini-LED displays, Apple also rarely invested $200 million to expand its partners’ surface mounting-technology (SMT) assembly capabilities to meet the demand for its mini-LED backlight devices. Through Apple’s investment, partners can increase production equipment and can produce an additional 700,000 to 800,000 additional mini LED components for the new Macbook Pro models per month.
Earlier news said that due to some conditions in the supply of specific components, in order to alleviate supply problems and ensure that new products are launched in the fourth quarter, Apple has added a supplier to increase production capacity. Although the mini LED display is still not as good as the OLED display, it can still provide higher brightness and better image quality than the conventional LED display. This is why LG will launch the QNED mini LED TV series recently.
Apple has recently included the 12-inch MacBook with Retina display as an old product, which means that it no longer meets the repair conditions of Apple or authorized service providers. This is a product released in 2015. Some users hope that Apple will launch similar models equipped with self-developed chips in the future.