Mini LED chipmaker makes ‘better-than-expected’ progress in next-gen displays

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Expect Mini LED displays to come to Apple devices next year.
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Chinese LED chipmaker San’an Optoelectronics is reportedly making “better-than-expected” progress developing Mini LED technology it hopes will be used in Apple’s future Mini LED iPad and MacBook devices, a Tuesday report by Digitimes claims.

If all goes according to plan, San’an Optoelectronics will join Taiwanese LED chipmaker Epistar in producing the screen tech for Apple. It is expected to enter trial production by the end of this year and receive orders from Apple in 2022. Apple’s first Mini LED devices likely will debut in 2021.

Apple could adopt mini LED backlighting for a giant iMac

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Apple is expected to adopt mini LED backlighting technology this year to further improve color gamut, contrast ratio, and high dynamic range in its displays.

A brand new 31.6-inch iMac will be the first machine to offer the new display technology, sources claim. It will then make its way to the iPad and other Apple computers in 2020.

Apple meets with cutting-edge display makers to talk MicroLED

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MicroLED displays could be coming to Apple devices sooner rather than later.
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Apple representatives reportedly visited Taipei this week to attend the Touch Taiwan display industry convention.

During the event, Apple is said to have held private meetings with two Taiwanese display makers to discuss their MicroLED and MiniLED technologies, both of which could be used in future devices.