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Key manufacturer ramps up mini-LED production in preparation for 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops

Rumors about the MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 just got a firmer foundation. (Image via MacRumors)
Rumors about the MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 just got a firmer foundation. (Image via MacRumors)
A key supplier in Apple's mini-LED supply chain has stated that it will significantly increase its mini-LED production in preparation for "two upcoming mini-LED-backlit MacBook Pro models." This news gives legs to long-standing rumors of mini-LED 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros.
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The new 12.9-inch iPad Pro’s mini-LED display has rekindled rumors of a potential 2021 launch of MacBook Pro models boasting the same display tech. Now, a key part of Apple’s mini-LED supply chain may have confirmed the launch of 14- and 16-inch mini-LED MacBook Pros.

The news comes from a statement made by Taiwan Surface Mounting Technology, (TSMT). As reported by Digitimes, TSMT will be the exclusive provider for mini-LED backlights “for the two upcoming mini-LED-backlit MacBook models.” Citing industry sources, TSMT “has hiked yield rates to over 95% currently,” likely to prepare to manufacture the two new MacBook Pro devices.

TSMT stated that it encountered technical issues with mounting mini-LED backlights and the required printed circuit boards (PCBs), but resolving this issue will allow the manufacturer to drastically increase its yield.

Of course, the new Macbook Pro models are still rumors at this point and should be treated as such. However, considering the iPad Pro’s shift to a mini-LED display, the growing popularity of the technology, and now a key supplier significantly ramping up production, it’s possible that at least one new MacBook Pro with a mini-LED display is in the works for the latter half of 2021.

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Sam Medley, 2021-05- 4 (Update: 2021-05- 4)