Apple: Get the LED out!

If you're in the market for a new Apple laptop, Jason has reason to believe you should wait just a little bit longer.

MacBook to get LED displays
The Greener Apple might change the face of the MacBook. (Credit: CNET Networks)

A lot of people I've talked to recently (both Mac and Windows users) have been talking about getting a Mac laptop. It's pretty evenly split between MacBooks and the more expensive MacBook Pros, with some of my friends looking for a portable computer to bring with them for common tasks, while others need that extra processing power for music recording and film editing. Whenever I've been asked about getting a new Apple laptop though, my answer more recently has been the same: wait a little bit longer.

Judging from the rumor mill, Apple may announce new MacBooks and MacBook Pros as early as next week. This will probably mean a significant bump in power for both laptops, but what's getting the most buzz at the rumor sites is the possibility of LED backlit displays. In an effort to listen to the eco-friendly Mac community, Steve Jobs announced that the company is trying to become a Greener Apple. This would fit perfectly with the rumor from DigiTimes (via MacLife), saying Apple has recently certified the "greener" 13.3-inch and 15.4-inch LED panels by Taiwanese companies. So are LED backlit screens on MacBooks much closer than we think? Steve Jobs said that LED screens were definitely coming in the future when discussing the Greener Apple initiative, so this rumor might just turn out to be true.

Clearly, with the possibility of new and better MacBooks and MacBook Pros in the very near future, prospective buyers should wait just a little bit longer. At the very least, the new laptops will probably make the last generation cheaper, so anyone in the market for a MacBook has good reason to see what happens in the near future.

About Jason Parker

Jason Parker has been at CNET for more than 13 years. He is the Senior Editor in charge iOS software and has become an expert reviewer of the software that runs on each new Apple device. He now spends most of his time covering Apple iOS releases and third-party apps.