Apple To Produce It's Own Micro-LED Device Display
- Author: Toni Ryan Mar 20, 2018,
Mar 20, 2018, 4:13
By the time the new tech is ready for mass production, something else might replace it. Apple could run into a lot of hurdles and might have to abandon or push back the project. It is an expensive endeavor. "We put a lot of money into the facility", this person says. The development is now thought to be at an advanced state, despite the project taking longer than initially thought, as they are far more complex than the current screens.
Apple did not immediately return Fortune's request for comment. Apple has for years standardized iPhone screens for color accuracy.
For now, the company is only working on displays for the Apple Watch but if things work out, we may see Apple making screens for its much popular products like the iPhone, the Mac, and the iPad in the future. Also, the MicroLED screens will make the upcoming gadgets slimmer, less power hungry delivering better performance. The facility also consists of a special area for the intricate procedure of growing LEDs.
Another facility nearby houses technology that handles so-called LED transfers: the process of placing individual pixels into a MicroLED screen. It inherited the intellectual property driving the development when it acquired display firm LuxVue in 2014. They were assembled at the Santa Clara factory and retrofitted into iPhone 7 prototypes. With the company working on the technology, but contracting the actual manufacturing out to third parties. The Ewing, N.J. -based company is a key supplier of technology and materials used to make OLED displays.
Apple is developing its own MicroLED device displays and has made small numbers of the screens for testing, Bloomberg reported on Sunday (March 18).More news: Bridge Collapse: FIU Student Among Victims Killed
Apple's laptops, smartphones, tablets, and watches rely on hundreds of parts, most of which Apple sources from other companies around the world.
MicroLED is a relatively new display technology with some similar characteristics to OLED.
Apple may be trying to bring some of its screen production in-house, according to a report from Bloomberg.
KitGuru Says: Apple has been using OLED on the Apple Watch since the series 1 launch, and it took several years for that tech to spread to the iPhone. If the news proves to be true, it could hit Apple's current suppliers.
The iPhone is one of the most hyped devices each year. Apple will have a hard time to actually produce these screens, as it requires a lot of manufacturing equipment and manpower to produce in large scale.