In a previous study note, Kuo predicted that Apple would establish both a 31.6-inch display along with a 16-16.5″ MacBook Pro in 2019, so it’s not entirely clear if the 15-17″ MacBook refers to a separate laptop or if Kuo currently believes the 16-16.5″ MacBook Pro is coming a couple of years later than he originally expected.
Apple’s discontinued Thunderbolt Screen
An excerpt from Kuo’s research note, acquired by MacRumors:
We feel that mini LED, in comparison to OLED, will be much more convenient solution to provide wide-color gamut (WCG)/high-contrast/high dynamic range (HDR)/neighborhood dimming features for its longer lifetime and no burn-in problems for Apple’s medium- and large-size products targeting at productivity positions.
Apple intends to establish a trio of new goods with Mini-LED backlights during the subsequent two decades, including a 31.6″ display in the next or third quarter of 2019, a 10-12″ iPad in overdue 2020 or early 2021, and a 15-17″ MacBook in the first half of 2021, according to well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
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.
Kuo believes that the 31.6-inch screen”will aim a very high-end position” and attribute an”all-new design.”