Apple is reportedly working on developing its own microLED displays for use in devices like the iPhone and Apple Watch. after Bloombergis Mark Gurman. According to the report, after nearly five years of planning and development, the screens could appear on devices as soon as next year.
Apple currently uses displays designed and manufactured by a variety of vendors – the OLED panels for the iPhone 14s are Reportedly manufactured by Samsung, LG and BOE. Gurman says Apple will likely still have other companies produce their displays, but they’ll use Apple’s designs and specs, not someone else’s.
It’s a similar move to the company using its own chip designs in laptops and desktops, dropping Intel and reaping massive benefits in performance and battery life. The task of actually making these processors falls primarily to TSMC, but Apple has complete control over the design.
According to the report, Apple is expected to ship its microLED screens first in the Apple Watch, possibly as early as 2024, replacing the OLED displays they currently come with. That seems like an ambitious goal considering that one of the difficulties with microLED is making it small – currently, Samsung’s giant TVs like The Wall are the only truly commercial product to use the technology. However, Apple has reportedly been planning this move for some time.
It also looks like Apple is looking to do something similar to what is being done with its internal chip efforts – start small with the technology but shape it to scale.
With the Watch, it would start small both literally and figuratively — while the Apple Watch sells well, it’s not on the iPhone’s par — taking time to iron out any wrinkles with its display designs before turning it into its flagship project bring. According to Apple, it will be “years” before Apple’s displays make it onto the iPhone Bloomberg.
Gurman also says similar to previous rumor Offered by display analyst Ross Young that plans to add microLED to the Apple Watch could slip to 2025 instead of 2024.
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