Apple has backed the performance of the Mini-LED, a key underpinning of Samsung's OLED display, which is running out of capacity this year.
In the latest forecast from Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC), shipments of mini-LED panels for tablets are expected to grow by 80% by 2022, meaning a total of 9.7 million units.
Currently, the 12.9-inch M1 iPad Pro is the only tablet with this display technology, and while the smaller 11-inch iPad Pro features IPS LCD, the 2022 version is said to be fully updated with Mini-LED, which will help the adoption continue.
DSCC also noted that shipments of mini-LED panels for laptops are expected to increase by 150 percent, or 5 million units, this year. While some Windows-based notebook makers offer mini-LED backlighting, apple's 2021 MacBook Pro line of 14-inch and 16-inch models will likely dominate the market.
Apple is said to be introducing a MacBook Air with an upgraded display later this year. Assuming Apple keeps prices competitive, the Mini-LED panel and hardware upgrades could make the laptop the company's most popular product of the year.
On the other hand, the 27-inch iMac Pro, due out later this year, may also feature mini-leds that support ProMotion, a display panel supplier that Apple is pushing hard to convert. Hopefully, other tablet and notebook makers will take notice of the importance of the Mini-LED and start adopting it in future products.