The site says Zhen Ding Technology and Tripod Technology have entered the supply chain for the new MacBooks and will ramp up shipments of backlight boards starting Q3.
Zhen Ding, among suppliers of miniLED-backlight boards for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro launched in April this year, will complete its second-phase investment in capacity expansion for such boards in the third quarter to better serve the demand for the upcoming 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro devices set for launch in late third-quarter 2021, the sources said. As to Tripod, it has cleared Apple's validations for equipment and capacity at its new plant in China's Xiantao, Hubei province and will be able to start production of miniLED-backlight boards for new MacBook Pro series in the third quarter as scheduled, noted the sources.
Apple could debut an M1X processor in the new MacBook Pro which offers more thunderbolt channels, cpu cores, gpu cores, multiple monitor support, and more. Another report from claims that the processor will have 10-cores and launch this summer.
The next generation MacBook Pro is also expected to get a flatter design with reduced bezels, a 1080p webcam, SD card reader, three thunderbolt USB-C ports, MagSafe, and HDMI. It could also gain a mini-LED display, similar to the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
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