While we look forward to seeing if the new iPhones (really) will come with LCD1 and OLED2 (or just OLED) screens, Apple is already naturally thinking about the future of display technologies for their gadgets. A big bet is microLED.
Last March, we commented that Apple would be secretly developing microLED screens at a factory near its headquarters in Santa Clara, California. This week, Apple representatives participated in a display innovation convention in Taiwan and held private meetings with some of the country’s largest screen manufacturers, such as AU Optronics and Epistar, according to the Economic Daily News.
The site said Apple representatives wanted to know more about the development of each of the technologies in microLED displays and also miniLED, displayed during the convention and that would be “suitable for future generations of iPhones and Apple Watches.” For analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, it is likely that this technology will already be deployed in the 2019 version of Apple Watch, and then transferred to iPhones, iPads and even MacBooks, who knows.
As the name suggests, these screens use tiny LED arrays, but they still have more advantages: they are bright and suck less energy than the current displays. Like other manufacturers, Apple may be more interested in microLED, since miniLED is known to be a transitional technology.
In addition, Apple’s investments in microLED are not recent; in 2014, Apple acquired LuxVue, a company specializing in this technology. In addition to the talks with AUO and Epistar, Apple would have contacted its current chip supplier, the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), to develop mass-production methods for microLED screens.
The technological world does not stop.