MicroLED displays being developed by Apple

The Cupertino company has a secret facility where Apple is producing its own MicroLED screens in secret, hoping that will use them in the future iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and so on. At its headquarter in California, Apple has managed to produce promising display samples. In short, Apple has been relying on other manufacturers to get the screen parts necessary to make its products, but all of that might change in the near future. Apple could be looking at MicroLED screens because they use different components altogether, compared to the current OLED displays.

Shares in three Asian display makers fell after publication of the report. That's bad news for LG Display, the current supplier of Apple Watch's OLED screens. Apple reportedly considered shutting down the project (known internally as T159) a year ago. In 2014, the iPhone maker acquired MicroLED firm LuxVue.

Citing anonymous sources, Bloomberg said the electronics giant has been researching MicroLED screens at a facility in California. These displays can be aimed at low-powered devices such as smartphones and wearables. microLEDs offer higher brightness, lower power consumption and longer lifespans than that of traditional OLED displays. Although for now, the company is making only small numbers of screens, which will be used for testing purposes, as per a new report from Bloomberg. Ray Soneira, who runs screen tester DisplayMate Technologies, says bringing the design in-house is a "golden opportunity" for Apple. Meanwhile, a report from news agency Bloomberg, suggests the global tech innovator is working to develop its own screens for the first time. It also mentions the intricacies associated with MicroLED production and the fact that it is harder to manufacture as opposed to OLED.

But Apple isn't the only company working on MicroLED. Executives recently approved continued development for the next two years, with the aim of shipping MicroLED screens in products. The move could be especially important on the iPhone, where Apple spends billions on displays. Each pixel has sub-pixels such as red, blue and green. The growing procedure is carried put inside a clean room at Santa Clara facility.

  • Carolyn Briggs