Apple is developing next generation MicroLED screens for its devices

20 March, 2018, 04:15 | Author: Devin Moran
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The company is making a heavy investment in the development of next-generation MicroLED screens. For several years, the company has been designing chips powering its in-house mobile devices.

If all goes well, Apple could offer its MicroLED technology in products within the next few years, starting with the Apple Watch.

The technology isn't, however, designed for large display devices like tablets and laptops.

However, Apple's effort could hurt major display suppliers like Sharp, Samsung, Japan Display LG Display and Universal Display (developer of OLED technology).

Mass production MicroLEDs will need new manufacturing equipment.


If Apple can get microLED technology sorted out before the likes of Samsung and Sony (both of which are actively working on it), its phones would have a distinct advantage. That's the display design favored by Samsung, Google, and most other companies making flagship smartphones. Apple now relies on companies such as Samsung and LG for its device displays, but that could change if the efforts in its Santa Clara facility pay off. "Our Taiwan team reduced iPhone X estimates last night". The facility also consists of a special area for the intricate procedure of growing LEDs. By the time Apple leverages the new MicroLED technology, some new technology will pop up, and ultimately Apple has to sacrifice the project and depend on other major players for the displays.

Currently, the smartphone makers use off-the-shelf display technology, but they customize the screens to meet their specifications. Engineers have a finer level of control over individual colors. Executives of Apple have approved development for next couple of years with an objective of shipping MicroLED screens in products.

The MicroLED manufacturing process is said to be "extraordinarily complex", as millions of individual pixels each have red, green, and blue sub-pixels that must be individually created and calibrated. However, the company apparently wants to rely less on third-party manufacturers.

The manufacturing building has 60,000 square feet and and is the second publicly known lease in Santa Clara by Apple.

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