Jobs Confirms LED Laptop Displays

In an letter issued by Steve Jobs today, Apple confirmed the transition to LED backlight displays for it's entire notebook line by the end of 2008. The first notebooks using the new technology are expected out in 2007:

"To eliminate mercury in our displays, we need to transition from fluorescent lamps to light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to illuminate the displays. Fortunately, all iPod displays already use LEDs for illumination, and therefore contain no mercury. We plan to introduce our first Macs with LED backlight technology in 2007. Our ability to completely eliminate fluorescent lamps in all of our displays depends on how fast the LCD industry can transition to LED backlighting for larger displays.

Apple plans to reduce and eventually eliminate the use of mercury by transitioning to LED backlighting for all displays when technically and economically feasible."

In addition to the LED transition announcement, Apple detailed several other environmentally friendly moves it will be making in the near future. The letter is in response to criticism hurled at Apple by environmental groups like Greenpeace, who claimed that the Cupertino CA based company had a notoriously bad environmental record.

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I hope the landfills are ready for a landfall of mercury... cuz, as black_death said, Apple will hike up the purchase price of these new displays by another $100 over their predecessor -- even though the quality will be negligible.

I doubt it, the Apple Cinema Displays have steadily been dropping in price for the last few years. They aren't going to increase the price.

The quality will probably not be negligible, going from LCD to LED. I'm not sure if they will up the prices, because they are not really in the competition right now, price talking, even if their monitors are like one of the best around. They just can't permit themselves to up the prices really...

black_death said,
no one is better at adding minor upgrades to already expensive products to make people buy it again :)

After seeing your comment in the other article, I officially declare that I consider you a troll.

/me looks forward to seeing the new products

wctaiwan

Minor updates? It's because they had LCD screens before and now they're going LED, I see no minor update in that. Maybe even the sizes will change... hell everybody whines because there isn't any new screen, and now you whine because it won't be new enough?

wctaiwan said,

After seeing your comment in the other article, I officially declare that I consider you a troll.

/me looks forward to seeing the new products

wctaiwan

tell me what do my previous posts have to do with my current post? and theres nothign false about my post, they added an LED screen and Im happy for them but Im just saying that theyre going to make this the biggest deal in the world like they do with everything else and call one minor feature 5 major features (ex. http://www.apple.com/macosx/leopard/).

PsykX said,
Minor updates? It's because they had LCD screens before and now they're going LED, I see no minor update in that. Maybe even the sizes will change... hell everybody whines because there isn't any new screen, and now you whine because it won't be new enough?

I'm not whining about anything I'm making fun of Apple, In my country (Canada) we have a fine line between the two. Im not going to buy a $1500 laptop because my old screen isnt bright enough.

I'm also living in Canada. The point is, they are not going to change the monitor only in their laptops. There's a brand new processor architecture out there, and it will support 800mhz DDR2 memory. So that's two advantages. The battery will last longer because of the processor (not sure about this one) and the LED monitor. They might also change the design of Macbooks and stuff like that, I don't know what else is going to happen. They won't update just the backlight of the screen though.

A. No one is forcing you to buy anything. Surprising, I know.

B. Chances are that LED backlit screens aren't going to be the only change when they release the new computers, and chances are that the price would either be bumped up very slightly (in the case of iBook -> Macbook which was a $50 price increase I believe, but that's only because the MacBook was a pretty drastic upgrade with dual core processors etc) or drop (in the case of most Apple products).

C. "no one is better at adding minor upgrades to already expensive products to make people buy it again" - Mhmm? I'm not so sure that every new model Dell makes is a drastic change from a previous model.

D. Leopard is not out yet. It is not even feature complete, for that matter. And to be honest with you if all the features they're showing would be all there is to Leopard, I would be quite surprised and disappointed.

E. I don't actually think black_death is right, why would I? See my previous points.

Next step: Label me as an Apple fanboy. :ermm:

wctaiwan

Probably since that's not the point of the letter. Sure it may produce a better user experience, but the letter is a piece of pr aimed at the environmentally conscience folks (read: greenpeace).

MrA said,
Probably since that's not the point of the letter. Sure it may produce a better user experience, but the letter is a piece of pr aimed at the environmentally conscience folks (read: greenpeace).

Sure it's PR, but to claim that it's aimed primarily at Greenpeice is a spurious argument at best. If you think it's a good idea to not poison the world you live in, then it was aimed at you.

I actually agree it's aimed at Greenpeace since most of the issues he addressed in the letters were the ones Greenpeace was bashing Apple for. Nevertheless I think all this environmentally friendly business with the consumer electronics industry is all about PR, I mean if they really wanted to do stuff they could just do it... It's the 'letting the public know' part that seems to be important at the moment.

wctaiwan