MicroLED displays being developed by Apple

MicroLED displays being developed by Apple

MicroLED displays being developed by Apple

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According to a fresh report from Bloomberg, the smartwatch could soon feature the budding display technology, with Apple looking to make a "significant investment" over the coming years.

'It is not clear whether MicroLED will be better than the OLED displays Apple uses for its smartwatches, ' said Dongbu Securities analyst S.R. Kwon.

The screens are far more hard to produce than OLED displays, to the extent that Apple almost scrapped the project 12 months ago.

The project has been code-named T159 and is being run by Lynn Youngs, who also worked on the displays for the original iPhone and iPad. Currently, the Santa Clara facility is capable of manufacturing a handful of fully operational Apple Watch-sized (under 2 inches diagonally) MicroLED screens at a time. According to Bloomberg, the facility even has a special area for the intricate process of "growing" LEDs.

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Apple is developing ultra-bright MicroLED screen technology at a secret facility near its headquarters. It bought the startup LuxVue in 2014, and there have been many subsequent reports on how the purchase might be put to use.

The Apple Watch could be the first device that will have a MicroLED display designed by Apple. Last year, we saw the iPhone X delay a little due to some production issues. It is now at an advanced phase, though the consumers will have to wait for few years before they witness the new tech.

Apple already designs its own chips.

Apple is designing and making its own Apple device displays for the first time in its history. The company has reportedly invested billions in LG to help it boost its OLED production. The Apple watch display is manufactured by LG Display.

Apple now uses screens manufactured by companies including Samsung Electronics, Japan Display, Sharp, and LG Display. But the more of those parts Apple can make itself, the more profit it can generate as well as making its supply chain more reliable. The drop of shares in Japan Display is 4.4 percent, Sharp drop by 3.3 percent and Samsung by 1.4 percent. The MicroLED screens, though, offer similar advantages - such as slimmer screens and lower power consumption than liquid-crystal display, or LCD screens. For instance, Apple calibrates iPhone screens to ensure color accuracy. The company is now testing MicroLED technology; which seems to be meant to replace the use of OLED displays in the current generation of mobile devices.

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