Apple’s 31.6-inch professional display may arrive soon, 17-inch MacBook pro in early 2021


A new research note penned by Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that Apple’s long-awaited professional-grade display will arrive in the next few months, and the rumored MacBook Pro with larger display won’t arrive until the first half of 2021 —and both will incorporate micro LED backlighting.

Apple’s Thunderbolt display, the company’s last professional display

Kuo doesn’t delve into specs on the display in his latest note, declaring the size, and micro LED backlight specifications. Kuo expects that the display will have some form of wide color gamut, and high contrast.

His reiteration of the MacBook Pro rumor also says that it will incorporate mini LED backlighting, but has more to do with timing for release, than anything else. Less certain in the report is a migration of the technology to a large-format iPad, but that is less clear in the note.

TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously suspected that the MacBook pro would arrive at some point in 2019. Kuo dropped the tidbit in a research note on February 17 that ranged across the company’s many product lines with specific predictions. No further details on the larger MacBook Pro were offered in the note, nor is there much in Monday’s note.

That micro LED MacBook Pro will boast a screen measuring between 16 and 16.5 inches on the diagonal, Kuo predicted earlier, with Monday’s note suggesting that up to 17 inches is possible. If true, the MacBook Pro line will see its first significant bump in display size since Apple discontinued the 17-inch model in 2012. Currently, the largest MacBook Pro on offer features a 15-inch Retina display packing a resolution of 2,880-by-1,800 pixels.

In the same research report from February, the well-connected analyst also dished details on plans for a new “easy-to-upgrade” Mac Pro, a 6K Apple display, three new iPads and three new iPhones.

At present, it isn’t clear if Monday’s note is discussing the rumored 6K display, or another resolution.

The note was obtained by the Economic Daily News who are more focusing on the supply chain implications of such a move.. AppleInsider has not yet seen the note.

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