Apple switching all MacBooks to LED backlight claims Chinese report

Chris Davies - May 21, 2008

Apple is set to replace all the CCFL backlights in its MacBook range with LED systems, according to the latest news from China.  Reported in the Chinese-language paper the Economic Daily News (EDN), Apple have selected Taiwan-based BLU maker Kenmos Technology to provide the LED backlight units (BLUs).  The company already supplied Apple with the majority of its BLUs in 2007, according to the EDN.

As a result, market observers are predicting that Kenmos Technology’s shipments could climb to 1.5m units this year alone, a five-fold increase over 2007.  That would amount to a 9-percent global market share.  LED BLUs make up $66m of Kenmos’ revenues this year.

Apple has already switched to LED backlights in the MacBook Pro range, and part of the MacBook Air‘s super-skinny display was down to the newer, thinner technology.  They’ve been credited with increasing battery life, since they are less power-hungry than CCFL backlights, as well as providing a brighter, more even illumination.  No timescale for the Apple changeover was suggested.

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