Apple is reportedly testing new screen technologies for the iPhone at a secret lab in Taiwan

Apple is reportedly testing new screen technologies for the iPhone at a secret lab in Taiwan
We've heard various stories about Apple testing OLED screens for future iPhone models. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says not to expect an AMOLED screen on the iPhone until 2019 at the earliest. Despite some reports that claim Apple will be employing an OLED screen on some of its iOS powered devices next year, Kuo's track record has earned him a great deal of respect among those who follow Apple closely. In other words, if he says that Apple will stick with LCD for the next three years, then you shouldn't expect any other material on an iPhone screen until 2019.

But even if Kuo is right, it doesn't mean that Apple isn't hard at work testing out new materials for the iPhone's display. According to Bloomberg, Apple has opened a secret lab in Northern Taiwan where at least 50 engineers are working on new panels for Apple's iconic smartphone. The engineers' task is to build a lighter, brighter screen that is more energy efficient than the current glass employed on the iPhone and iPad.

Interestingly, today's report claims that the lab is first working on ways to build a better LCD screen before it starts moving on to OLED panels. Apple is looking to develop fresh techniques for producing a new screen, so that it can stop relying on technology developed by big display houses like LG Display, Japan Display, Samsung and Sharp.

Instead, Apple is hoping to eventual outsource its production technique to a smaller company like AU Optronics and Innolux. Apple is throwing money and manpower at this project; the company does have some job postings on LinkedIn, looking for more engineers to work at the display panel facilities.

source: Bloomberg

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15 Comments

1. meanestgenius

Posts: 22395; Member since: May 28, 2014

Not a bad idea, actually. I would personally like to see Apple design other parts of its hardware components, much like they do their own SoC. Put some more muscle behind R&D, and bring about fresh, innovative products.

7. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I predict that the high level Apple fanboys who used to say "LCD is superior to AMOLED" will say "Apple waited for the technology to mature, and refined it to perfection"

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22395; Member since: May 28, 2014

There will be some that say that, no doubt about it.

14. rubyonrails3

Posts: 375; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

There is some truth in that too. AMOLED starts to shine from Note 4 and now Note 5 have best in class AMOLED display. but Samsung also keeps best for themselves, for example Nexus 6p have samsung panel still its not as bright as its on Note 5.

15. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

It was S5 when AMOLED started to shine actually

2. SemiFinal

Posts: 117; Member since: Jul 26, 2014

Not so secret anymore now is it? Lol

3. AlikMalix unregistered

Apple also picked up a relatively small factory next door that used to be a semiconductor... http://appleinsider.com/articles/15/12/14/apple-buys-former-maxim-chip-fab-in-north-san-jose-neighboring-samsung-semiconductor-

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22395; Member since: May 28, 2014

Now it's things like this I like to see companies like Apple doing. Purchase something that's going to allow you to put more effort into R&D.

9. AlikMalix unregistered

Yeah, it's actually a first acquisition that made sense to me... The whole Beats and Faceshift just made no sense. I know Beats were to jumpstart apple music, but $3 Billion? way, WAY to expensive...

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22395; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agreed. The Beats purchase was definitely too expensive.

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Apple invented the Retina+...hmmm Maybe Retina Supreme! or maybe Retina 10K screen since they already call their Mac Pro 5K screen. Let see how Apple is going to market OLED. With good display software utility, it is truly awesome.

5. iM2.0

Posts: 52; Member since: Dec 14, 2015

Innovative stuff by apple.

11. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Hello Tim C**k :)

12. ananthu07 unregistered

"Secret" lab, yeah right

13. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Retina+ hehe

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