New MacBook Pro models may boast mini-LED displays with 120Hz refresh rate

There are a lot of rumors swirling around regarding a planned refresh for the MacBook Pro lineup. And not just the adoption of an “M1X” processor under the hood, either. Expectations are pretty high for the newest MacBook Pro models, and this latest rumor will certainly only add to that.

Ross Young is the CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants, and has years of experience when it comes to this particular field. On Twitter, where he engaged in a quick conversation regarding the new MacBook Pro models coming soon, he said we can expect a couple of different things. First, that the new computers will have mini-LED displays, adopting the same display technology Apple introduced with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro earlier this year.

Next, with the change in display technology, Apple will also reportedly adopt 120Hz refresh rates in the upcoming MacBook Pro models, too. That suggests Apple will welcome the ProMotion marketing effort, something it welcomed with the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max as well. Here’s the initial tweet from Ross:

Young would confirm in a subsequent tweet that the expectation is that these new MacBook Pro models that Apple is going to introduce next week will adopt these features for the display. The chief executive goes on to say that these new features are “100% confirmed.” But, of course, nothing has been confirmed by Apple just yet.

And, going further, Young says that display panel suppliers are the same as what Apple uses for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, so we can expect both Sharp and LG Display to provide displays for the new MacBook Pro models. That “100% confirmed” bit seems to be more about the mini-LED display technology, specifically, with there being some wiggle room with the 120Hz refresh rate.

The inclusion of a mini-LED display in a new MacBook Pro has been rumored before. So this isn’t completely out of left field. And with Young weighing in on the topic, and even going as far to say it’s a done deal, it certainly sounds like we should expect a big change for the upcoming MacBook Pro models.

We’ll just have to wait and see how the pricing ends up. Either way, we don’t have long to wait. Apple is hosting its “Unleashed” event on Monday, October 18, where new MacBook Pro models are expected to be unveiled.

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