MacBook Pro 14 and new MacBook Pro 16 now due in 2021 following mini-LED production issues
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There have been multiple rumours in the last few months about Apple releasing mini-LED products in Q4 2020, including a new iPad Pro, a 14-inch MacBook Pro and a new MacBook Pro 16. However, it seems that the delays Jeff Pu cited for delaying the mini-LED iPad Pro have also hit the roadmap for mini-LED MacBook Pros.
Ming Chi-Kuo has now been quoted by MacRumors as saying that mini-LED panels will not enter mass production until Q1 2021 ahead of releases later that year. Citing a research note with "TF Internation Securities", MacRumors also published the following excerpt:
We believe that investors do not need to worry too much about the extension of the mini LED schedule, because mini LED is a key technology that Apple will promote in the next 5 years, so even if the short-term schedule is affected by the new coronary pneumonia, it will not damage the long-term positive trend.
Echoing Jon Prosser, who announced in March that mini-LED panels would be "coming in 2021", Kuo implicitly confirmed that a 14-inch MacBook Pro has been delayed until next year too. It is unclear whether the rumoured MacBook Pro 16 refresh remains on track for Q4 2020, either. On the one hand, MacRumors reports that Kuo believes there to be a mini-LED MacBook Pro 16 in the works. On the other hand, Mark Gurman made no mention of the refreshed device featuring a mini-LED panel. Conceivably, we could still see a new MacBook Pro 16 in Q4 2020, with a mini-LED model on hold until 2021.