Apple Develops MicroLED Displays For Apple Watch

Rodiano Bonacci
Marzo 19, 2018

Talking about the next-gen MicroLED screens, these displays will do with different light-emitting compounds which the recent OLED displays allow in trimming down the device's thickness as well as increase the brightness sans much power (report via Gizbot indicate).

According to the report, Apple already has a "secret manufacturing facility near its California headquarters" to manufacturer the MicroLED screens.

Apple isn't the only company developing MicroLED tech.

Meanwhile, the Apple Watch screen is made by LG's display division.

As per the people, the project is very hard and Apple nearly ended it a year ago. However, engineers have been able to make progress in the technology and it is in the advanced phase. However, consumers will probably have to wait for few years before seeing the results. From October-December of 2017, it was the 11th consecutive quarter where the company's mobile unit lost money.

After the Bloomberg report, Apple's main screen suppliers such as Sharp, Japan Displays and Samsung - Apple's main smartphone rival and a supplier of OLED displays for iPhones - saw their shares dip. That being said, it might take a while before customers finally see MicroLED display on Apple products. When the technology will be finalized, some other technology may surpass it.

Citing anonymous sources, Bloomberg said the electronics giant has been researching MicroLED screens at a facility in California.

Yeap, the 2018 iPhone SE may be sporting an edge-to-edge display not unlike the one found on the iPhone X, right down to the notch at the top of the phone. Currently, Apple uses OLED for the iPhone X and the Apple Watch, but it looks like that will be changing down the line.

The OLED manufacturing process also restricts the possible screen shapes and sizes. But now the first time Apple is designing screens end-to-end itself. Apple's MicroLED screens are being manufactured at a 62,000-square-foot facility in Santa Clara, Calif.

The new MicroLED Apple Watch prototypes are not yet fully functional. The MicroLED screens are brighter than the screens of the OLED displays. Though, this technology might not appear for another couple of years at least. For starters, mass producing MicroLED displays will be a challenge since it will require new equipment. Depending on screen size, they can contain millions of individual pixels.

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