Mini-LED screens, branded by Apple as its Liquid Retina XDR display, are coming to MacBook Pro later this year.
Apple is still on schedule to begin mass production of its upcoming revamped 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro — featuring Liquid Retina XDR displays and an all-new design — in the third quarter of 2021, says Apple industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via MacRumors).
In the research note Kuo states “we reiterate our previous prediction that the newly-designed 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro will be equipped with mini-LED displays that will enter mass production in 3Q21.” The referenced quarter runs from July through September, indicating this could begin at any time.
Kuo has reported previously on multiple occasions that Apple is planning two new MacBook Pro models including a new 14-inch size, as well as a 16-inch MacBook Pro. He has also stated that these will come with a huge display upgrade thanks to the power of mini-LED, which debuted in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2021).
However, Kuo says that while mass production may kickoff in the third quarter (July to September), Apple may unveil the new MacBook Pro models at a separate event in October or November, keeping it separate from the iPhone and Apple Watch launches in September.
Kuo also says the continued struggles and shortages associated with mini-LED displays may lead Apple to announce the new MacBook Pro models, but not begin shipment of the new models until several weeks later.
Kuo has previously said that the new MacBook Pros will boast additional ports, will drop the Touch Bar, and will return to MagSafe for power.