Big ambitions, small LEDs: Apple is said to be developing Micro LED displays for 2024

Zoom in / This is the front of the Apple Watch Ultra.

Samuel Axon

We learned earlier this week that Apple is trying to make it Own internal Wi-Fi and BluetoothToday, the word streetVia Bloomberg) is that the company is also looking to design display panels rather than relying on third-party suppliers like Samsung and LG. The report echoes similarly From 2018 He said Apple could start switching to its own displays in 2020, but today’s report says that “high costs and technical challenges” have prevented Apple from moving forward with those plans.

The new screens will use Micro LED technology that Apple uses Acquired in 2014. Like OLED displays, Micro LED displays feature brightness controls at the pixel level, allowing for better contrast and lower power usage, and they can also be thinner than LCD screens because they do not require a separate backlight layer. But unlike OLED displays, Micro LED displays do not rely on organic materials that can deteriorate over time, have a higher maximum brightness, and do not have the burn-in issues that can affect OLED.

The report states that Apple started small with Micro LED displays. It plans to ship in “newer Apple Watch” like the Apple Watch Ultra initially before making versions for iPhones, to come. Mixed reality headsetand other devices.

Bloomberg says the first products with Apple-designed displays could ship in 2024 or 2025. Typically, the report points to Apple’s desire to control its supply chain and every aspect of its product design as an incentive to switch.

Although the screens will be custom-designed and built to Apple’s specifications, the report says Apple will still rely on an unnamed “third-party supplier” to manufacture the screens. The company’s facilities (one in Santa Clara, California, the other in Taiwan) are set up only for “manufacturing testing” of the monitors.

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