Key manufacturer ramps up mini-LED production in preparation for 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops

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The news comes from a statement made by Taiwan Surface Mounting Technology, (TSMT). As reported by Digitimes, TSMT will be the exclusive provider for mini-LED backlights “for the two upcoming mini-LED-backlit MacBook models.” Citing industry sources, TSMT “has hiked yield rates to over 95% currently,” likely to prepare to manufacture the two new MacBook Pro devices.

TSMT stated that it encountered technical issues with mounting mini-LED backlights and the required printed circuit boards (PCBs), but resolving this issue will allow the manufacturer to drastically increase its yield.

Of course, the new Macbook Pro models are still rumors at this point and should be treated as such. However, considering the iPad Pro’s shift to a mini-LED display, the growing popularity of the technology, and now a key supplier significantly ramping up production, it’s possible that at least one new MacBook Pro with a mini-LED display is in the works for the latter half of 2021.

What do you think about the rumored 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros? Let us know in the comments.

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Price, storage, ports keep Macworld buyers away from Apple’s new products

Macworld 04 May, 2021 - 04:00am

T-minus 30 minutes till preorders (we think). What are y'all buying today?

When more than half of the respondents to our poll answered no, we were intrigued. We figured the poll would be a healthy mix of the three products, but we weren’t expecting a clear majority of “Nothing.” We know that a lot of you have been waiting for a new iMac, a new Siri Remote was high on everyone’s wish list, and the mini LED display is one of Apple’s best display innovations in years. And when we dug a little deeper, it appeared that there were a few recurring issues.

We need your help with a story. If you wanted to preorder one of Apple's new devices but didn't why? (None of these? Leave a comment!)

Here are a few of the comments that grabbed our eye.

The biggest issue you had was with the storage, particularly with the iMac. Apple only offers 256GB of storage in the $1,299 and $1,499 iMac models, with upgrades starting at $200. That’s not a lot of storage for a desktop PC—though to be fair, Apple’s $5,999 Mac Pro also starts at 256GB of storage—and many of you felt you were being nickel-and-dimed.

To start iMac out with only 256GB of storage in 2021 is insulting to consumers, and so 2007.

I wanted to be in the iMac group. Then Apple decided to get chintzy with the SSD capacities and skimp on ports and such until you get into the $1500 and up range. So I’ll stick with what I’ve got.

Also waiting on the next iMac hopefully with more built-in storage. 2 TB internal is less than my 2015 iMac.

A big part of it is that they're too expensive. Also the lack of USB-A ports, and I do still need Boot Camp. So I'm still wedded to the Intel chip. And I do HATE the nasty, flat keyboard. Ugh.

The entry-level iMac has a pair of Thunderbolt ports, while the higher models have an additional two USB 3 ports. That’s a far cry from the veritable bevy of expansion options on the older iMac, which includes six USB ports, ethernet, and an SDXC card slot. Many of you feel that the next iMac will address these issues, so you opted to hold off for now.

And some of you wanted to see more from the processor. Even though Apple put its new M1 chip int he iMac, it’s the same one that’s in the Mac mini, which costs hundreds less.

I wanted an iMac but the M1 processor is dated and with the rumors about an M1X or M2 processor you are buying into the past.

The iPad is definitely a luxury tablet, but many of you felt the price isn’t justified, despite the additions of an M1 processor, Thunderbolt support, and mini LED display in the 12.9-inch model.

No real benefit. iPad Pro is more than good enough and M1 iMac offers nothing new over the M1 MacBook Air bought earlier this year. Had that iMac screen been larger or the iPad capable of running macOS, then I would likely have parted with my dear pennies.

If they opened it up to be a general purpose machine, iPad Pro! As it is, only some air tags

I did not preorder. I want the M1 iPad Pro, but I’m not buying until they bring Pro apps (particularly Xcode) to the iPad platform. Period.

Apple’s new streaming box turned away some buyers as well, with some of you lamenting Apple’s lack of any real updates to the Apple TV and many who didn’t order balking at the price.

As much as I hate the Apple Remote and no 4K on my HD, I don’t hate it enough to pay $170 for a barely upgraded box. I swear they are going to pull an iPad 3 and upgrade it again once the chip situation gets better.

Apple TV not enough of an upgrade from my 4-5 year 4K first gen, I was expecting A14 and a massive increase all over to move it closure to gaming consoles 😂

And finally, some of you just wanted something different and are willing to wait a little longer.

None of the above. I don’t need any of them. I’m waiting for the Mac Pro with the silicone chip.

Still wait for new mini 😳

All my Apple products are good to go for a few years more.

iPad and Mac shortages are expected in the second half of 2021 — Here's what we know

Laptop Mag 04 May, 2021 - 04:00am

Tim Cook reveals 2nd half of 2021 supply chain shortages possible

The Apple CEO stated, "Most of the issue is legacy nodes, not just in our industry but other industries as well. To answer that question accurately, we would need to know the true demand from each player and how that changes over the next few months, so it’s difficult to give a good answer. We have a good handle on our demand, but I don't know what everybody else is doing. We will do our best, that’s what I can tell you."

At the moment, no one is sure whether the shortages will affect products slated to be released soon or even the rumored M2 chips Apple is said to be currently working on. That CPU is expected to power the upcoming 14-inch MacBook Pro and 16-inch MacBook Pro and possibly a 27-inch iMac. 

Most laptop makers have been battling it out to meet customer supply demands and come out with new innovative tech. But due to the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic bringing production to a halt, the industry is currently facing supply chain issues. Tim Cook admitting to this new reality is possible as a bold move, yet a smart one as honesty with consumers is the best policy. 

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Kuo: iPad Mini 6 Delayed Until Second Half of 2021

MacRumors 04 May, 2021 - 04:00am

Kuo and DigiTimes had previously indicated that the new ‌iPad mini‌ would launch in the first half of this year. Possibly due to supply restraints, the new low-cost ‌iPad‌ now seems to have been delayed to the second half of 2021.

The new ‌iPad mini‌ is expected to feature an 8.4-inch display with slimmer bezels and continue to feature a Touch ID Home Button and a Lightning port. The new ‌iPad‌ could be a disappointment for customers hoping the smallest form-factor ‌iPad‌ would benefit from a major redesign, such as the changes seen with the iPad Air and ‌iPad Pro‌.

More long-term, Kuo reports that Apple is working on an iPad mini with a mini-LED display, which recently debuted in the 12.9-inch ‌iPad Pro‌. Compared to the current LCD displays, mini-LED on the ‌iPad mini‌ would help deliver richer blacks, while providing improved contrast and HDR.

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One of Apple’s next big releases is delayed, top leaker says

Yahoo Entertainment 03 May, 2021 - 02:43pm

On Monday, Kuo released a new report claiming that Apple would start shipping the first foldable iPhone model in 2023. In that same report, 9to5Mac says that the analyst also suggested a touch panel supplier would benefit from the launch of a new iPad mini in the second half of 2021. This seems to suggest that the earliest we would see a new iPad mini model would be July 1st, although it could end up being even later in the year.

If Kuo is right (and he frequently is), then we shouldn’t expect to see the next iPad mini at WWDC 2021, which takes place virtually from June 6th to June 10th. Apple might be saving the iPad mini announcement for the iPhone event in September, or it’s possible that the sixth-generation iPad mini will be announced via press release, which is a method the company has employed a few times throughout the pandemic already.

Whatever the case, the intrigue surrounding the future of the iPad mini line has grown in recent months as some rumors have suggested that the next model would feature a relatively drastic redesign. In a report last year, Kuo said that Apple would release a new iPad mini with a display between 8.5-9 inches, which would indicate that Apple would decrease the size of the bezels and perhaps even remove the Home button.

More recent reports have pointed to a less significant overhaul, with Macotakara saying in January that the new iPad mini will have an 8.4-inch display with slightly smaller bezels and will retain the Home button. Of course, that report also claimed that the iPad mini 6 would be revealed in March, so take it all with a grain of salt.

Apple might surprise us beforehand, but it seems increasingly likely that the new iPad mini, as well as the 2021 iPad, will be unveiled alongside the iPhone 13 this September. Apple always packs the event with a few additional hardware reveals, and there are only so many product lines left to refresh this year.

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