Apple's Developing Its Own MicroLED Displays at a Secret Facility


We have just heard that the company is working to manufacture its own microLED displays which will be superior to the OLED panels. Also, the MicroLED screens will make the upcoming gadgets slimmer, less power hungry delivering better performance.

Bloomberg's Mark Gurman is reporting that Apple is developing its own MicroLED screens for future Apple Watches and iPhones that would make them thinner, brighter, and more energy efficient.

Codenamed T159, the project is being overseen by Lynn Youngs who has been an Apple veteran who helped develop the touch screens for the iPhone and the iPad and is now overlooking the iPhone and Apple Watch screen technology. Three hundred engineers are now working on the project in a 62,000-square-foot space. The facility also has a special area for the intricate process of "growing" LEDs.

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Apple reportedly limited OLED to iPhone X due to cost and production concerns, but is due to ramp up usage of the tech in the next iPhone. 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. The company considered ditching the idea previous year before making a breakthrough.

According to a report from Bloomberg, the American tech giant is developing prototype mini displays which could eventually be used in future models of the Apple Watch. According to sources familiar with the situation, the MicroLED technology that Apple is working on is now "at an advanced stage". Despite enjoying hyped created around the 10th anniversary iPhone, Apple could manage to sell 77.3 million units of iPhone in the first fiscal quarter of 2018 - 1 million fewer than the same quarter past year. Until then, Apple will have to continue buying screens from suppliers like Samsung and LG.

Universal Display shares plunged 11%, near 110.60, in morning trading on the stock market today. The move could significantly impact on existing display builders such as Samsung, LG and Sharp. Apple wants to keep MicroLED away from both its rivals and partners for as long as it can, but it will eventually partner with someone willing to make this MicroLED displays for it.