After launching its latest iPhone 15 series and new smartwatches, Apple is reportedly planning to launch new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with more power-efficient mini-LED displays.
“Apple is expected to ship new models of 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro devices in the fourth quarter of 2023 with miniLED backlighting that can increase the display brightness by 10 per cent compared to the first-generation specifications,” sources close to DigiTimes said.
According to the report, the Cupertino-based tech giant has not made big changes to the miniLED backlighting specifications since adopting it for its tablets and notebooks. As per DigiTimes sources, the upcoming MacBook Pro devices will feature miniLEDs that are 10 per cent brighter than the previous ones without changing the number of miniLED chips in the backlighting module.
The sources also informed that the new devices will start shipping in the fourth quarter of 2023. However, MacRumors said that there’s good reason to doubt the launch timing in DigiTimes’ latest supply chain report.
Apple updated the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips in January, and most rumors suggest refreshed models are coming next year. According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the next version of these two machines are expected to feature M3 Pro and M3 Max chips and will “probably” launch by the middle of 2024 at the latest.
Likewise, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes new MacBook Pro models with updated 3-nanometer M3 Pro and M3 Max chips are set to launch in 2024.
According to MacRumors, DigiTimes sources often provide reliable information, but the site has a mixed track record when it comes to interpreting that information and accurately deciphering Apple’s plans.
Meanwhile, another report also revealed that the 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro models are not expected to be upgraded with OLED display technology until 2026. According to Ross Young, CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants. suppliers will be focused on OLED displays for tablets, such as the iPad Pro.