Apple may continue to procure a-Si TFT-LCD panels for the MacBook Pro until the end of the first quarter of 2017 and then shift to IGZO TFT-LCD panels, according to a new supply chain report today. In addition to Samsung Display, Sharp will begin supplying IGZO TFT-LCD panels to Apple as soon as mid-2017. Procurement for the MacBook Pro will increase from 8.8 million units in 2016 to 9.7 million units in 2017.
Digitimes reports that production of the 11.6-inch MacBook Air will end in 2017 leaving considerable inventory of panels for the 13.3-inch model.
The report further noted that "Apple will procure an estimated 13.6 million notebook panels in 2017." While that may be lower than last year, it's unknown at this time if Apple will be planning other upgrades or new models that could change the stats provide for by IHS.
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