MacBook Pro mini-LED delay may not happen — here's why

MacBook Pro 2021
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Apple’s mini-LED MacBook Pro may not be delayed after all, which is going to be good news for those hoping to pick up a MacBook Pro 16-inch 2021 sooner rather than later.

That's according to a new supply chain report from DigiTimes, which claimed that apparently TSMT, a key vendor in the production of Apple’s mini-LED displays, has managed to adjust its production techniques to increase its yields.

That's good news. Reports previously suggested that there would be delays to mini-LED displays designed for upcoming MacBook Pros and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2021. That was one of the side-effects of the ongoing global chip shortage that’s affected production of pretty much everything. From cars to the PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles.

“Due to issues with PCBs and adhesive materials, TSMT's yield rates for surface mounting for miniLED backlighting was not high enough originally, the sources noted,” according to DigiTimes. “After changing PCB and adhesive material suppliers, TSMT has hiked yield rates to over 95% currently, the sources indicated.”

So it’s good news for Apple fans, though the global chip shortage does seem to be ongoing. Fortunately Apple has been able to handle this issue quite well, and this report implies that its supply chain can prove fairly versatile when necessary.

Upcoming mini-LED MacBook Pros include 14-inch and 16-inch models. Both models are currently expected to feature the new screen, alongside the Apple M2 chip and the return of the MagSafe charger. Apple is also expected to unveil a new design that loses the Touch Bar, but brings back the HDMI port and an SD card slot.

The iPad Pro 2021 is available to pre-order now, and goes on general sale later this month. It is powered by the Apple M1 chip, offers optional 5G, a brand new optional Magic Keyboard, and all the other features you’d expect from an iPad Pro. Only the 12.9-inch model will utilize a mini-LED display.

Let’s just hope that the global chip shortage doesn’t manifest itself in a completely different way. Whether it affects MacBooks, iPads, or some other Apple products, the last thing we need are pricey Apple devices being scalped for absurd prices. 

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Tom Pritchard
UK Phones Editor

Tom is the Tom's Guide's UK Phones Editor, tackling the latest smartphone news and vocally expressing his opinions about upcoming features or changes. It's long way from his days as editor of Gizmodo UK, when pretty much everything was on the table. He’s usually found trying to squeeze another giant Lego set onto the shelf, draining very large cups of coffee, or complaining about how terrible his Smart TV is.