Apple is developing and designing microLED displays for its own devices, according to a report by Bloomberg. The microLED displays are expected to eventually replace OLED.
Apple microLED displays
In 2014, Apple acquired a company called LuxVue. At the time, LuxVue was researching microLED display technology. Apple reportedly began pilot production sometime in 2017.
Bloomberg has now added further details about the project to develop display based on microLED technology. Apple has designed screens in the past but this is the ”first time Apple is designing screens end-to-end itself”.
- ”Apple Inc. is designing and producing its own device displays for the first time, using a secret manufacturing facility near its California headquarters to make small numbers of the screens for testing purposes,” the report from Bloomberg said. ”The technology giant is making a significant investment in the development of next-generation MicroLED screens, say the people, who requested anonymity to discuss internal planning.”
Apple ”almost killed the project a year or so ago”, according to the report, but has decided to continue development and is currently running test production at a location in Santa Clara, California. The company also has a microLED research lab in Taiwan.
At least a couple of years away
The microLED displays are now ”at an advanced stage” but it will likely take a few years before they are ready. Bloomberg believes that Apple Watch will be the first Apple device to feature a microLED display but the company is also testing the displays in iPhones.
- ”It’s unlikely that the technology will reach an iPhone for at least three to five years, the people say.”
Many people in the industry believe that microLED technology has the potential to challenge OLED technology as LCD slowly fades out. The self-emitting display technology has advantages such as high brightness, high power efficiency, and very high contrast. Samsung, LG, and others are also developing displays based on microLED technology. Samsung will launch its 146-inch ’The Wall’ later this year.