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Digitimes: Apple increases suppliers of mini-LED displays

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Recent reports suggest that Apple plans to unveil the next generation of 14- and 16-inch professional notebooks with a completely new design, almost five years after the latest MacBook Pro redesign. Monitors, meanwhile, are the only visual user interface with the computer world, and a good display can immerse the user in content and greatly enhance the experience.

Apple has a long history of using high-quality displays in its products, and certainly the next-generation MacBook Pro is no exception; Rather, it can define a new standard in this area. Apparently, the tech giant is planning to change the technology used in the MacBook Pro’s display over the years, abandoning traditional LED backlit displays and replacing them with mini-LED backlighting.

Given the aforementioned features, the MacBook Pro will see the most changes this year in recent years, and this could encourage users to buy it. This will definitely be great for Apple; It should be noted, however, that any difficulty in obtaining the parts needed for the new notebooks could be catastrophic; Especially when the production of integrated circuits for monitors due to the logistics problems of semiconductor components has faced many problems. This has prompted Apple to expand its supply chain of mini monitors.

According to MacRumors, citing credible Digitimes sources, Cupertino residents have added Luxshare to their supply chain as the second largest supplier of surface mount technology (SMT) for mini LED displays. Apple, meanwhile, previously only contracted with TSMT as the exclusive supplier for SMT-related processes on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro mini-LED display and future Pro MacBooks. In fact, surface mount technology is a method of building electronic circuits in which electronic components are placed directly on the printed circuit board.

Apple first unveiled a 12.9-inch iPad Pro with a mini LED display last April. However, the iPad Pro was delayed by a month due to high demand and supply problems, and still faces some limitations. Overall, due to the global chip shortage and the continuing crisis of the Corona virus epidemic, Apple and its suppliers have been struggling to produce new devices in the past year.

Digitimes believes that the next generation MacBook Pro will be released between October and December 2021 (October to January 1400), which seems to be close to reality. As a reminder, last year Apple unveiled the M1 processor along with the 13-inch MacBook Air and MacBook Pro and the Mac Mini at a digital event in November 2020.

According to previous reports, the new MacBook Pro is expected to be equipped with a 1080p webcam and uses a chip called the M1X, which is apparently optimized for heavy-duty processing and has a powerful CPU with eight powerful cores along with two weak ones. In addition, GPUs are experiencing significant improvements, and the GPU part of the integrated system will likely benefit from a 16 to 32 GPU configuration.

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