Apple just launched its first M1-powered MacBooks, and the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro in late 2020 have certainly caught the attention of many. Reviews praised Apple’s early Silicon processors’ speed, which pioneered the Mac’s transition from Intel chips. The M1 Air and M1 Pro are nearly identical devices, offering the same high-end performance. The Pro has a slight performance advantage over the Air, thanks to its active cooling. This additional fan keeps the Pro running at peak performance for longer. Battery life is another major benefit: the M1 Pro lasts a couple of hours longer than the Air on a single charge.
If you haven’t bought a MacBook with an M1 processor yet, you might have a good reason to wait a little longer. Apple is reportedly planning to release the redesigned MacBook M1s in the first half of 2021, and they will offer users at least one interesting new feature.
A report from Digitimes says Apple is already gearing up to launch devices with mini LED displays. Apple has been working on mini LED technology for several years and is expected to use the new screen technology across all of its devices in the not too distant future. Mini LED screens will have several advantages over current LCD screens, including turning each mini LED on and off. This will result in a better contrast ratio, better blacks, and better brightness.
A report from Digitimes indicates that the first iPad Pro with mini LED backlighting will launch in the first quarter of 2021. The first mini LED-backlit MacBook Pro will begin mass production in Q2. Suppliers from Taiwan are already working on mini LED parts that can be used in these products. Quanta Computer and Foxconn will be producing the MacBook Pro M1 with mini LED screens, the report says.
The report does not provide additional details for the iPad Pro or MacBook Pro with mini LED screens. A few days ago, well-known insider Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple plans to release more MacBooks with Apple Silicon in the second half of 2021. He said the devices would have a new design, without explaining what will change. Before that, the analyst said that Apple would release 14-inch and 16-inch MacBooks with Apple Silicon in 2021.
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