Apple working on microLED panels for an upcoming Apple Watch and an AR accessory


Apple has been working with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to bring small-sized MicroLED panels for an upcoming Apple Watch and an AR-related product, possibly glasses, according to Luke Lin – Senior Analyst at DigiTimes.

The MicroLED displays could be manufactured in two sizes – a 1.3" to 1.4" one to be used in an Apple Watch model, and a 0.7" to 0.8" one for the suggested AR wearable. Production of the Apple Watch MicroLED may begin as early as this year, while there hasn't been a schedule for the production of the smaller ones, Mr. Lin said.

MicroLED is the future of display technology and is regarded as an upgrade of the OLED technology that has been widely used in high-end smartphones, a recent example being the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+. The main differences between the two technologies are that MicroLED displays are made of different materials and have better viewing angles and colors. If you'd like some in-depth knowledge about MicroLEDs, check out our article on the topic.

There's still one major issue to be tackled regarding MicroLED production and that is the production cost. A MicroLED panel costs four to six times higher to manufacture than an OLED (OLEDs are currently used in the Apple Watch and the iPhone). This could result in MicroLED being used only in premium devices for the first few years, and then gradually making it to other devices too.

source: DigiTimes

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6 Comments

2. Sunbae-min

Posts: 135; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Samsung is king of OLED tech. Apple, you totally a fool if you choose those cheap Chinese making product.

5. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Supernova,Hallayu even JD,LGI is developing Oled display for apple,samsung will not remain sole supplier of olled anymore.Microled is being develop by Sony and LG,apple too but expect sony & samsung to reach out first in flagship smartphones display since cledis n wall TV are both microled.while apple will be first in bringing microled in smartwatches.LG,Huawei will be third to bring microled in smartphone after sony,sammy n then apple will do it

6. bucknassty

Posts: 1350; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

i thought samsung is moving towards this as well??

3. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

This has been in the works for 5+ years, and it hasn't shown any sign of reaching a point where you can soon expect it the next commercial product, so is this really news? You also wrote an article on this exact same thing a few weeks back. Breaking news: "They're still trying to make it work!" Additionally, I also don't know why you're only telling the readers that Apple is working on this, as Samsung and other brands are also working on this technology. This isn't a technology that is exclusive being researched by Apple, as you're making it seem. I will be interested once a brand reaches a point where they can actually put in a commercial product. If they haven't reached that point, then i'm not really that interested as a consumer.

4. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

This has been in the works for 5+ years, and it hasn't shown any sign of reaching a point where you can soon expect it the next commercial product, so is this really news? You also wrote an article on this exact same thing a few weeks back. Breaking news: "They're still trying to make it work!" Additionally, I also don't know why you're only telling the readers that Apple is working on this, as Samsung and other brands are also working on this technology. This isn't a technology that is exclusive being researched by Apple, as you're making it seem. I will be interested once a brand reaches a point where they can actually put in a commercial product. If they haven't reached that point, then i'm not really that interested as a consumer.

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