Apple is planning to replace the OLED technology with the mini-LED backlight display on its future set of MacBooks and iPads. One of the devices that could come with this new technology this year is a 6K external display. This will be a second timer from the company to offer an external display for its users, as it had discontinued the earlier external display back in 2016.
The 6K display is rumoured to come with a screen size of 31.6-inches and it would be really interesting to see how it fares with mini-LEDs lighting up the monitor. Apple may launch this device at the upcoming WWDC event on June 3 and according to the report of analyst Ming Chi Kuo, the device is expected to hit the shelves in the second or third quarter of this year:
We believe that mini LED, compared to OLED, will be a more suitable solution to offer wide-color gamut (WCG)/high-contrast/high dynamic range (HDR)/local dimming features because of its longer life and no burn-in issues for Apple’s medium- and large-size products targeting at productivity positions.
Speaking of the mini-LED backlight, Apple is looking to provide better contrasts, color variation, pixel ratios, battery performance than the current iMac displays with OLED screens. Kuo also predicted about Apple’s future plans with the iPads and MacBooks alongside the 6K display:
We forecast that Apple will respectively launch an all-new design 31.6-inch monitor, a 10–12 inch iPad and a 15–17 inch MacBook equipped with a mini LED backlight unit (BLU) in 2–3Q19, 4Q20–1Q21 and 1–2Q21.