Apple will use super-thin rigid circuit boards provided by Tripod Technology in its upcoming LED-backlit mini iPads and MacBooks, according to a new report from Apple DigiTimes.
Apple’s mini LED backlight modules will use three-layer rigid circuit boards that require higher flatness and hole density than general rigid circuit boards to support mass transfer technology, while materials must also achieve extremely low shrinkage / expansion rates, the sources say.
According to today’s report, Apple Tripod has added Apple’s upcoming mini LED devices to the supply chain due to the manufacturer’s good cost control and production management.
The manufacturer is reported to share orders for mini LED backlight modules with Taiwanese leader Zhen Ding Technology, but will need to purchase high-precision drills and other automation equipment to meet the requirements. The supplier is expected to begin trial production of super-thin rigid sheets and could begin series production in early 2021.
Apple is striving to use mini LED technology because it enables thinner and lighter product designs while providing many of the same benefits of OLED displays used on the latest iPhones, including good performance with wide color gamut, high contrast and Dynamic range and local dimming for truer blacks.
According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple has six mini-LED products in the works that are slated to be launched in 2020 and 2021. Apple is slated to launch the technology in a 12.9-inch iPad Pro to be launched later this year, followed by a 27-inch iMac Pro, a 14.1-inch MacBook Pro, a 16- Inch MacBook Pro and a 10.2-inch iPad and a 7.9-inch iPad Mini.
Kuo has not announced any planned launch dates for the other devices, except for the iMac Proac, which Kuo is expected to launch in the fourth quarter of 2020, and the 7.9-inch iPad mini, which it believes will launch in 2020 Market will come.