DigiTimes says Apple is likely to unveil a mini-LED MacBook Pro series in October or November with shipments for the year estimated at almost four million units.
Reportedly a main supplier for miniLED-backlit 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro, General Interface Solution (GIS) invested NT$5.0 billion (US$179 million) to expand production capacity for tablet-use touch modules at its factory in Chengdu, China, in first-half 2021. GIS will also invest NT$3.0 billion to expand production capacity for notebook-use touch modules at the factory in second-half 2021. In 2022, the factory will have monthly production capacity of 2.4-3.0 million touch modules used in tablets and 2.0 million ones used in notebooks.
In addition to GIS, the site says Epistar is a main supplier of mini-LED chips for backlighting the new devices and Lextar Electronics is a main supplier of the corresponding miniLED backlight units (BLU).
Additional features rumored for the new MacBook Pro models include a flatter design, 1080p FaceTime camera, SD card reader, three thunderbolt USB-C ports, MagSafe, and HDMI.
Apple could also launch an updated M1X Mac mini at the same time. Please download the iClarified app or follow iClarified on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and RSS for updates.