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Apple to ship Macs with LED backlighting

updated 03:25 pm EDT, Wed May 2, 2007

Macs with LED backlighting

Apple CEO Steve Jobs today in an open letter to the public revealed that the Cupertino-based company is aiming to unveil its first Macs with LED backlight technology some time this year, confirming reports from earlier this year. LCD displays with LED backlighting consume less power, provide better color uniformity, make for a thinner design, and negate the need to include Mercury in the manufacturing process. "We plan to introduce our first Macs with LED backlight technology in 2007," Jobs wrote. "Our ability to completely eliminate fluorescent lamps in all of our displays depends on how fast the LCD industry can transition to LED backlighting for larger displays." The announcement foretells of liquid crystal displays with lower power consumption, improved color uniformity, and thinner LCD designs that should fit nicely into Apple's goals as an innovative company that produces some of the most competitive devices on the market. [corrected]

In addition to its eco-friendlieness, LED technology also brings better light disribution and increased color saturation as well as less power consumption, resulting in longer battery life.

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  1. ZinkDifferent

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    Hmmmm... new MacBooks?

    Seems like those would be the most obvious first application of a display that has lowr power consumption.

  1. Will C

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    Title of this piece

    I think your title should be 'Apple to ship Macs with LED backlit LCDs in 2007' since all their current LCDs have backlights already....

  1. Zkatz007

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    come on imac revision!

    I know the best use for this would be for laptops, but I'm really hoping for a dramatic iMac redesign!

    I'd love for this technology to be integrated with the new iMacs—and to see them released come June WWDC!


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    I think Macnn is a little late with the news about Macs going to use Backlit LCD's, actualy it was back in 1989 with the Mac Portable with it's 9.8" Black and White LCD WITHOUT a backlight. I hear that PC laptops will soon offer Backlights as well!

  1. hldan

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    We needed to hear this!!

    This is wonderful news! We have been in the dark for so long about new hardware. LED Macbook Pro has my name all over it.

  1. zl9600

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    it matters that

    LED's have a limited life efficiency and their light output and color range shifts over time. The technology is great but it has not matured to the point where an LED can maintain a consistent light wave output over time. I hope they can take that into consideration.

  1. Roehlstation

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    re: it matters that

    LED has a MUCH better life efficiency and less color range shift than the current Cold Cathode Flourecent could ever hope to have.

    The title of the article is weird.....were Apple's LCD screens never backlit before?

  1. willed

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    Same old

    Re. article title: sloppy MacNN/Electronista proof-reading...AGAIN.

  1. zl9600

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    @ roehlstation

    Actually, I don't think you can say that with certainty. The report below (obviously from a biased source) claims that LED avg. life is 1-5 years, where CCF is 5-15.

    I'd guess that this was skewed as much as possible to fit this industry's liking, but other sources point to the same thing: LED's do NOT last forever and don't have as long of life or consistent color range as conventional light sources.

  1. olePigeon

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    Joined: Dec 1999



    Can you dumbasses stop using apostrophes for plural words? Thanks.

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