updated 10:20 am EDT, Tue July 3, 2007
Kenmos MacBook LEDs
Taiwan-based Kenmos is producing LED backlights for future displays that will land in new 13.3-inch MacBook models, according to unverified sources within the industry. The technology firm's Japanese overseer and stakeholder, Stanley Electric, has reportedly been chosen by Apple and its display producer Chi-Mei to produce the lighting for the smaller portable. The introduction would give the MacBook the same advantages in battery life, brightness, and color accuracy as the most recent 15.4-inch MacBook Pro when compared to today's cold-cathode fluorescent (CCFL) backlights.
No indication was given as to when the Apple notebooks themselves would be ready, though over 100,000 of the LED backlights were set to ship for a new model from an unknown "international company," according to the claim. The mention of a completely new system excludes computer makers such as Dell, which has already shipped its 13.3-inch XPS M1330 with the option of an LED-backlit display.
With such a production schedule in place, completed systems would likely follow in subsequent weeks, as the backlights would need to be mated with Chi-Mei LCD displays and then installed into the finished computers.