According to industry insiders, Taiwanese company Ennostar will begin production of Mini-LED backlight units for the upcoming 12.9-inch iPad Pro at the end of the first or second quarter of this year. DigiTimes.
Ennostar is a holding company that was jointly established in January 2021 by LED-related manufacturers Epistar and Lextar Electronics.
According to the report, Apple is expected to launch a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro with Mini-LED backlight in the first half of this year, and Epistar will be the exclusive supplier of exclusive LED chips, which will be packaged in the backlight unit by Lextar. . This time frame has been circulated several times, and some reports limit the release time to the first quarter, so the new iPad Pro may be launched in March.
It is expected that the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro will also be equipped with a faster A14X chip and support 5G networks on models with cellular connectivity.
It is not clear whether Apple plans to launch a new 11-inch iPad Pro at the same time, because many rumors only mention the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. One possibility is that the Mini-LED backlight will be limited to the 12.9-inch model, while the main new features of the 11-inch model are limited to the A14X chip and 5G support, but it is not yet clear.
According to the report, Apple is likely to use Mini-LED backlighting on new MacBook models launched in the second half of this year. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models will be launched in the second half of 2021, with new design, HDMI port and SD card reader return, Touch Bar The cancellation of the classic uses a detachable power cord for MagSafe charging.