updated 09:15 am EDT, Mon May 7, 2007
MacBook LED Suppliers
Both of Apple's notebook lines will be the first to receive the LED backlights promised by Steve Jobs, according to sources speaking with Taiwan-based part suppliers. Display makers AU Optronics and Chi Mei have reportedly sent LCDs for both the 13.3-inch MacBook and 15.4-inch MacBook Pro to Apple for certification, one of the final steps before actual production. The LCDs use LED backlighting supplied by Coretronic and Kenmos, the sources said.
Production timeframes were not specific, with industry contacts claiming that shipments of the LED-based displays should begin either in the spring or summer of this year. LED backlighting is said to improve the color uniformity and accuracy on most displays while also improving battery life and slimming the display size.