Apple Developing Its Own MicroLED Displays for Future Devices

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Apple is reportedly developing its own screens for future iPhones
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20 March, 2018

However, Apple released the other company from the partnership for failing to improve the technology. It makes ideal sense that Apple would have a facility to design its own version of the technology, and find out what is feasible from a manufacturing viewpoint, but it seems incredibly unlikely that it would actually seek to move into mass-production itself. However, the company is expected to deliver MicroLED on the Apple Watch first, since the screen is smaller and therefore easier to control, according to the report. Phone manufacturers tweak screens to their specifications, and Apple has for years calibrated iPhone screens for colour accuracy. If development goes well, it could also be the first to commercialise MicroLED panels which are likely to be sought-after features on future devices. Apple is designing and producing MicroLED displays in test quantities at a secret manufacturing plant near its headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., Bloomberg said. These screens are said to make future gadgets slimmer, brighter and less use of power.

For this, Apple acquired a start-up called LuxVue in 2014 and followed up with gradual efforts to see how things pan out.

About a year after that acquisition, Apple opened a display research lab (described internally as a "Technology Center") in Taiwan. However, the company never developed its own displays for devices they have launched till now. The Ewing, N.J. -based company is a key supplier of technology and materials used to make OLED displays. In fact certain hardware components are designed by Apple, like their A-series of chipsets, instead of relying on third-party companies like Qualcomm.

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The new MicroLED Apple Watch prototypes are not yet fully functional. These displays can be aimed at low-powered devices such as smartphones and wearables. microLEDs offer higher brightness, lower power consumption and longer lifespans than that of traditional OLED displays.

The project is code-named "T159", and the engineers are working on the designing and production of the MicroLED screens.

Apple has already started using OLED for iPhone X and the Apple Watch. If the news proves to be true, it could hit Apple's current suppliers. Mass producing the new screens will require new manufacturing equipment. Each pixel has sub-pixels such as red, blue and green. Each of these tiny LEDs must be individually created and calibrated.


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