The next generation of Apple's MacBook Pro notebooks will feature LED backlighting instead of a CCFL. According to industry sources the 15-inch MacBook Pro will get LED backlighting in the second quarter of this year, the 13-inch and 17-inch line is still under consideration:
While pricier than CCFLs, LED technology is more efficient at distributing lighting evenly across the entire display surface and offers an increase in color saturation. According to a white paper from Cree, a backlight solutions provider expected to provide its LED technology to Apple, LED-based backlights also consume less power, run cooler, and last longer than CCFLs.
For end users, the new technology translates into improved notebook battery life and displays that will maintain their initial levels of brightness longer into their respective life-cycles. Come this spring, LED-lit displays will also deliver a more vivid canvas for the various software user interface enhancements and animation techniques that will be included with Mac OS X Leopard.