Apple continues its research into microLED as it visits leading supplier

Apple continues its research into microLED as it visits leading supplier
Although Apple may be increasing its use of OLED panels once again this year with the release of the 2018 iPhone X and iPhone X Plus, the company has already been looking towards the next-generation of smartphone displays and, according to a new report, recently visited one major supplier.

Specialising in TV displays, AU Optronics (AUO) has already established an advanced display R&D facility in Taiwan in partnership with Apple. Nevertheless, the iPhone giant is keen to maintain a good relationship and recently visited AUO and multiple Taiwan factories. Currently, AUO is one of the leaders in new display technology and is on track to begin mass production of miniLED displays by the end of this year. However, Apple is reportedly not interested in the latter technology and will reportedly skip it altogether in order to wait for the superior microLED panels. 

Currently, OLED displays allow Apple to create the overall bezel-less look that isn’t possible with equivalent LCD panels. Additionally, they permit pure black tones and also reduce power consumption but, unfortunately, can be subject to burn-in over time due to the organic compound that is included. Because of this, the Silicon Valley-based giant has reportedly been researching microLED displays since 2014. These panels, although much more difficult to manufacture, contain no organic matter, which means no burn-in. Furthermore, they can reach higher levels of brightness and are also more power-efficient overall.

Previously, in the hope of testing the technology, it was revealed that Apple would first debut the new panels on its Apple Watch line, most likely with next year’s Series 5 model. If this launch goes off without a hitch, it should pave the way for at least one 2020 iPhone model with the more premium microLED display. Eventually, though, every Apple product including iPads and MacBooks are expected to adopt the technology.

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8 Comments

1. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Soon all them will try to use camera behind screen. MicroLED does not allow this, only transparent OLED

6. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Camera behind of scree?.

2. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

I do hope that apple should have its own productions of displays, chips and all other parts of iphones. They have a stock pile of cash just sitting nothing. Though they’re buying small companies.

7. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

TSMC and Samsung going to sue Apple lol.

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5748; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

TSMC, Samsung Semi and Intel are the "leading edge" only fabs left Apple would need to acquire one of them as there's simiply too many patents and R&D needed (hence why only 3 companies left)

3. mrsmith5280

Posts: 30; Member since: Jul 23, 2018

Looking forward to this!

4. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

"Currently, OLED displays allow Apple to create the overall bezel-less look that isn’t possible with equivalent LCD panels." Well as much as I hate to break it to you, LCD can do this. Also I would challenge the notion that AMOLED is more power efficient. In theory, yes, but only the best panels from Samsung seem to realize this potential. It has yet to be seen if Sony's new POLED can match this efficiency. Their IPS screens are amazing looking and are highly efficient to boot, and don't require you to display certain colors or tones to remain this way...efficiency is the same no matter what you display!

5. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 618; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

"Furthermore, they can reach higher levels of brightness and are also more power-efficient overall." More power efficient than OLED's or than traditional LED's / miniLED?

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