Bloomberg: Apple developing its own screens based on MicroLED technology
by Cosmin Vasile / Mar 19, 2018, 7:26 AM
Apparently, Apple made huge leaps towards the development and manufacture of next-generation MicroLED screens, a technology superior to OLED, but much more expensive to use in displays.
Apple started investing in MicroLED technology back in 2014 when it acquired LuxVue Technology, a start-up that is seen as a pioneer of MicroLED. Initially, it was presumed that Apple will introduce the first MicroLED screens into the Apple Watch, but that has yet to happen.
MicroLED displays use different light-emitting compounds than OLED screens, but they are thinner, brighter and more energy efficient than the latter. According to sources familiar with the situation, the MicroLED technology that Apple is working on is now “at an advanced stage.”
Even so, the first mass-market products that will include MicroLED screens will not be ready this year and perhaps not even the next. Since the MicroLED displays are more difficult to produce than OLEDs, Apple has even taken into consideration killing the project altogether last year.
However, Apple's engineers made a breakthrough that saved all the work they have previously put into developing the MicroLED screens. It looks like they are now making steady progress towards turning it into a mass-market technology.
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Actually this should not be breaking news right now. This was breaking news in May 2014, when Apple acquired LuxVue (LuxVue Technology Corporation develops low-power, microLED-based displays for consumer electronics applications). This news today is nothing but stock/shorting for someone, since some display companies have been down by about 5% on the news. This is old news that is now recycled for shorting purposes for someone. Not to mention Apple does not even ready to ship a product with this tech any time soon.,
posted on Mar 19, 2018, 8:03 AM 5
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Seems LG is getting close to making those displays https://www.gsmarena.com/lg_ma
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posted on Mar 23, 2018, 5:59 AM 0
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When Apple finds out a away to mass produce micro LED panels (not gonna be an easy task) for their phones, Samsung and other big display manufacturers will be in deep trouble. BTW micro LED is way advanced and high quality than AMOLED.
posted on Mar 19, 2018, 8:19 AM 9
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Samsung is working on it's own version of MicroLED displays, as mentioned in a PhoneArena article some weeks back - so they might not end up in such deep trouble after all. There was even a hint they could have their's ready for some level of production in 2019 - mind you we were also expecting them to have an under the screen fingerprint scanner ready for this year so.....
posted on Mar 19, 2018, 8:56 AM 3
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I think that Apple would like to keep multiple source between LG and Samsung. For example LG would do the OLEDs for regular iPhone or iPhone Plus models while Samsung for future versions of iPhone X or iPhone X Plus. So I don't think that Samsung would lose so much business to LG. Samsung will for sure offer the highest quality OLEDS. I am not so sure whether LG can achieve Samsung's level of quality (just look at Pixel 2 XL). If Apple switches to self designed and made Micro LED displays, Samsung would lose a very big customer and a lot of profits.
posted on Mar 19, 2018, 3:54 PM 1
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But there was an article on PA in which it said that Apple & Google both are want to take down Samsung display which is why they are already heavily investing in P OLEDs. And I feel like Google is already in mood to take down AMOLED (Pixel 2 XL)and they are influencing other brands too by doing this (Nokia 8 Sirocco).
posted on Mar 19, 2018, 10:52 PM 0
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If ever Apple finds out a way to mass produce micro LED than other display manufacturers wouldn't get in trouble as the micro LED aren't easy to produce so if ever they produce it they will only keep them for their next generation iPhone's and will not sell them any day. Btw you are so much obsessed with Samsung that you don't leave them in your single comment.
posted on Mar 19, 2018, 8:58 AM 3
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Do really think LG and Samsung have not and already poured millions in R&D into this as their next phase of their display tech? They have been at this game longer than Apple and have not just the know how but the capacity of scale. And even if they didn't do R&D into MicroLeds do you think they are standing still improving OLED? They could bring out new OLED panels that Make MircoLed a moot tech. We just can't rule them out.
posted on Mar 19, 2018, 11:13 AM 2
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Why would they be in deep trouble? While Samsung was using vastly superior Amoled displays, Apple was still using LCDs. That has been going on for years, and it still is in 2018, as the Iphone 8 and Iphone 8+ is still using the outdated LCD technology. The Iphone X was the first iphone with an oled display and unsurprisingly every iphone user was shocked by the sudden increase in display quality, as they were used to LCD. Amoled displays these days have hit a serious point of deminishing returns, and even if Microoled proves to be better, the improvement is hardly going to be noticeable, as Amoled these days are already fantastic. Additionally, Samsung is working on their own Microled technology. Samsung actually showed off a 147 inch Microled display at a convention not too long ago, so they're definitely having some success with it. Samsung is already working on it themselves, and if that doesn't go well for some reason, then they have market leading Oled panels to fall back on. Samsung is going to be just fine.
posted on Mar 19, 2018, 11:23 AM 1
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BIG TROUBLE? loooooooool You are delirious. Samsung and every other company excel at waiting for the next big thing then making it there own and even improving it. Reminds me of Edison not Tesla[ whom did way less but everybody seems a fanboi of] Sign of the times ..So many clueless people.
posted on Mar 19, 2018, 1:16 PM 2
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MicroLEDs, in theory, have all the advantages of OLEDs, without the inherent disadvantages of OLEDs; they don’t suffer the same uneven pixel ware and display quality sub-pixel degredation overtime. Due to their inorganic nature. If you ramp up a traditional Samsung AMOLED display on high brightness, after a year of heavy usage, you get bad color degradation (Reds and especially Blues die out quicker than Greens) - which leads slightly decreased brightness, and murky warm white colors, and other discoloration. You can largely preserve the quality of a traditional top-shelf OLED panel after a year if you’re very frugal and conscious about how you use your display; monitor the content being displayed and carefully control the brightness settings at all time. But most tech consumers don’t consider these factors or even know that they exist when using their devices. That’s been the one thing I’ve never liked about OLEDs, they’ve made them more efficient over the years. But everything I’ve outlined are just inherent and intrinsic problems the underlining technology will always face. At least LCDs will maintain their quality consistency for many years. OLEDs are just a nice investment fresh out of the box. But burn in and display quality degredation will always plague that technology. mLEDs are especially a necessary step forward in mobile display technology evolution.
posted on Mar 19, 2018, 9:36 AM 7
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That's pretty exaggerated and hyperbolic. They've compensated for the blue issue by being the size of the different colored subpixels. Phone displays don't really need to last for "years and years." They're generally only used for about 2 years. Even so, even after the years, the display on my S3 showed minimal degradation when I finally retired it, and that was several generations behind today's AMOLED. Looking forward to MicroLED displays. Better is always appreciated.
posted on Mar 19, 2018, 11:15 AM 3
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It takes a lot longer than just a single year for there to be any significant or noticeable degradation of the subpixels in modern Amoled displays. Please read up on it before making this exaggerated statements. You should be a lot more worried about your Li-ion battery not lasting, as seen by a recent battery scandal, than you should be with your Amoled display.
posted on Mar 19, 2018, 11:26 AM 3
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Like so many things, it's not making the panels to have excellent brightness, contrast, low power consumption, longevity, amazing resolution, color accuracy etc...it's doing to to a scale, speed and level of quality that Apple demands whilst still being profitable that is the issue. The design engineers have largely done their job, now it's the production and manufacturing engineers that need to work their magic.
posted on Mar 19, 2018, 4:42 PM 0
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