Rumor: 14-inch, 16-inch MacBook Pros coming in September

A 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro will debut in September, according to a report from DigiTimes (a subscription is required to read the entire article). The Sellers Research Group (that’s me) says that sounds about right.

The upcoming laptops are expected to have a major redesign, run on Apple Silicon (M1 chips), and sport mini-LED displays. The mini-LED displays will likely use 10,000 mini-LEDs and will be comparable to OLED screens. They’ll result in good wide color gamut performance, high contrast and HDR, and local dimming.

Mini-LEDs sport a local dimming function with a contrast effect similar to that of OLED displays. However, on some product lines, costs for mini-LED backlit displays may even be lower than their OLED counterparts, according to LEDinside. Mini-LED products are as thin as those using OLED technology so they consume less power than traditional LED screens.

DigiTimes also says that Apple will make a rare investment to expand surface mounting technology (SMT) assembly capacity at its partners. The goal: to satisfy demand for its miniLED-backlit devices including the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and upcoming Mac laptops.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.