Apple secretly developing its own screens

Ismael LynchMar 20, 2018

But according to Bloomberg, Apple is now looking to produce its own device displays for the first time - much to the dismay of Samsung and LG, we imagine. With the company working on the technology, but contracting the actual manufacturing out to third parties.

One such supplier could end up being Samsung which is already working on MicroLED screens but on a larger scale with its "The Wall" concept TV. However, it would at least take them a couple more years to bring microLED equipped Apple Watches into the market.

According to the Bloomberg report, Apple has a secret manufacturing facility in California, where it has been developing MicroLED screen technology. The MicroLED technology is hard and Apple was according to Gurman close to scraping the effort. Apple has invested a huge amount in this development and plans to be the first company to produce it. On the other hand, Apple is likely to outsource manufacturing of MicroLED technology to reduce the risk of affecting its bottom line with producing snafus.

However, it may change in the future with reports saying that Apple has a secret facility in California that is now working on MicroLED displays. The MicroLED displays are being manufactured in a facility near the California headquarters. The report also notes that Samsung Display will remain the primary supplier of OLED panels to the iPhone maker. Executives recently approved continued development for the next two years, with the aim of shipping MicroLED screens in products. Apple might own MicroLED, until then Apple will stick to OLED displays, for the iPhones coming this fall. Apple inherited the intellectual property for that process when it purchased startup LuxVue in 2014. Apple's version, however, is reported to be using different compounds in order to make the panel even thinner, brighter, and more energy-efficient. Separately, there were reports that the company is using its R&D center in Taiwan for the MicroLED display technology. Kuo has also added that the shipments momentum of all three new iPhone models will be upbeat and expects them to launch without any delays in 2018.

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