Apple Is Test Building Its Own MicroLED Displays In A Secret Facility

This is what your new Android phone will look like in 2018

"MicroLED screens use different light-emitting compounds than the current OLED displays and promise to make future gadgets slimmer, brighter and less power-hungry", the report said. Samsung is expected to make billions of dollars supplying OLED panels for Apple's new flagship and while reports have suggested that the company is having to cut production as Apple has reduced orders, it's going to make a pretty penny nonetheless.

As Apple successfully manufactured a MicroLED screen for a future Apple Watch previous year, wearables looks to be where the technology will first take off. It inherited the intellectual property driving the development when it acquired display firm LuxVue in 2014.

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The secret screen-manufacturing development marks the latest move by the Cupertino tech giant in building now outsourced technology in-house. The key difference is that MicroLED can be brighter than OLED displays and don't suffer as much from burn-in issues. We could see Apple displays used in the Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad, and maybe even MacBooks in the future, but there's one big problem: MicroLED is extremely hard to manufacture. Samsung shares decreased by 0.51 percent, Sharp by 2.57 percent and Japan Display by 1.45 percent. Its latest iPhone X was manufactured with OLED technology of Samsung.

MicroLED is a relatively new display technology with some similar characteristics to OLED. Mass producing the new screens will require new manufacturing equipment. Company is working on to develop its own MicroLED screens. That being said, if Apple is designing the screen in-house, it may go to another manufacturer that doesn't produce its biggest rival in the smartphone world.

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According to earlier reports, Samsung may soon not be the only supplier of OLED displays for Apple. MicroLEDs comprise millions of discrete pixels, on the basis of screen size. The backplanes, an underlying component that electronically powers the displays, are developed at the Taiwan facility. Codenamed "T159" the project included Engineers who work out of a manufacturing facility in Santa Clara.

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