Apple Expands Supply Chain for Future mini-LED iPad Pro, MacBook: DigiTimes

A new report claims that Apple is planning to release a new iPad Pro with a mini-LED display next year.

DigiTimes reports (via MacRumors) that PCB makers Zhen Ding Technology and Flexium Interconnect have joined the supply chain of Apple’s rumored mini LED-backlit iPad Pro and MacBook series. This new iPad is expected to hit the market next year, whereas no release timeline has been suggested so far for the upcoming MacBook.

Specifically, the report mentions Apple’s rumored iPad Pro: “Both firms are expected to start small-volume shipments of mini LED-backlit modules in the fourth quarter of 2020 to support the launch of new ‌iPad Pro‌ in the first quarter of 2021, the sources said.”

Both Zhen Ding Technology and Flexium Interconnect will reportedly commence small-volume shipments of mini LED-backlit modules in Q4, 2020 to help expedite the launch of the iPad Pro.

Both Taiwanese suppliers belonged to Apple’s supply chain before and will be competing against South Korean Young Poong Electronics. It’s expected that they will receive a higher portion of orders as they are in a better position when it comes to manufacturing technology.

Mini-LED will allow for thinner and lighter products, offering some of the benefits of OLED technology ranging from improved color accuracy, increased brightness, and local dimming. Future mini-LED products should greatly improve the experience for creative professionals and general media consumption.