A key part of Apple’s production chain has given extra weight to both a 14 inches and 16-inch MacBook Pro. M1 iPad Pro reported Apple spring loaded the event is expected to start with limited initial availability due to mini-LED production issues, a problem reportedly resolved by an important third-party supplier.
Taiwan Surface Mount Technology (TSMT) previously had technical problems with installation mini-LED backlights and circuit boards, which may explain the expected low availability of the iPad Pro.
Bright display, brighter potential
TSMT has since announced that the problems have been fixed and production has successfully increased by more than 95% over “two future mini-LED backlit MacBook models.” As reported Numbers, TSMT is the exclusive supplier of mini-LED backlights that are not only used 12.9-inch M1 iPad Pro, but also for “the two future mini-LED backlit MacBook models.”
16-inch MacBook Pro, one of Apple’s best-selling products, has been waiting for an update about two years after its last major overhaul in 2019. It’s likely that these two MacBook Pro models will be upgraded with Apple’s own silicone rather than 11th-generation Intel processors, but the launch delay has also given rise to rumors that more powerful M1X chip could be on the horizon for both 14-inch and 16-inch Pro devices.
Despite only the rumors, this really makes a lot of sense – current M1 chipfor all the praise it deserves, it simply isn’t effective enough for professionals like video editors and VFX artists. Blender and 4k editing require higher multi-core processor performance than the M1 chip can currently provide.
The inclusion of the mini-LED would also greatly benefit artists and citizens working in graphically demanding careers, and the building evidence and rumors give a lot of weight to what we can expect from the re-launched MacBook Pro models, but it’s important not to get lost in the sauce. We simply don’t know for sure until Apple makes the official announcement, which we currently expect to happen in late 2021.