In 2021, Apple released several high-end products equipped with a mini LED display, including analysts forecast that it includes 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 16-inch MacBook Pro, 27-inch iMac I will.
According to analyst Jeff Pu of Chinese securities firm GF Securities, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is in the first quarter (January-March), and the 16-inch MacBook Pro and 27-inch iMac are in the second quarter (April-June). It will be released. The outlook for these time frames isFamous analyst Ming-Chi Kuo"The assembly of products with mini-LED starts in the first quarter of 2021", which is in line with the forecast.
By the way, mini LED is a technology used for LCD backlights. By dividing the conventional backlight into smaller pieces and combining it with local dimming (partial drive technology), it is possible to "turn off the backlight for each area", thereby expressing high-purity black and expecting power saving.
According to Kuo, the mini LED display was explained to have the advantage of designing thinner and lighter products while achieving the same excellent contrast and dynamic range as the organic EL panel adopted in the latest iPhone.
However, for example, if it is a 12.9-inch iPad Pro, it is expected that about 10,000 mini LED backlights will be necessary, and it is likely that the cost will be higher than the conventional liquid crystal display. Still, why Apple is adopting mini LED,Research company TrendForceIs guessing from the perspective of the supply chain.
Specifically, Apple will be released from the restrictions of the organic EL display market under Samsung's control, and will eventually pave the way for the development of micro LED displays.
Micro LED is a technology in which each R (red) G (green) B (blue) that composes one pixel is used as an extremely small LED light source, and each emits light like an organic EL. In other words, the cost is expected to be high because "a huge number of micro LEDs are spread over the screen" (for example, about 25 million units for 4K TVs),It is rumored to be used on Apple Watch with a small screen (requiring only a few pixels)..
Therefore, even though it is different from the mini LED, if the cost reduction and patent application are advanced in the mini LED market, the industry's efforts in the micro LED technology can be accelerated.
Orimoto Apple plans to build a mini LED or micro LED factory in TaiwanIt was reported that it plans to invest 36 billion yenIt ’s just In other words, it seems that products with mini-LEDs have gone out of research and development and are now in mass production, and 14-inch MacBook Pro (Predicted to be equipped with mini LED) And other rumors are likely to become active.
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