Next year's Apple Watch said to include new Micro LED screen

Next year's Apple Watch said to include new Micro LED screen
Members of the Taiwan supply chain have relayed some information related to the 2017 version of the Apple Watch. According to this rumor, Apple is working on a Micro LED display for a new version of the timepiece. This new timepiece is scheduled to be released during the second half of next year. Apple took over Micro LED developer LuxVue Technology a little over two-years ago.

During April of 2015, Apple built a factory in Taiwan for Lux Vue. At the plant, Apple has supposedly been conducting some R&D using Lux Vue's technology. Micro LED screens run from 1-micron to 100-micron, but the cost of producing a screen for the Apple Watch using this material is pricier than using the currently employed OLED panels. Micro LED displays are more power efficient than the OLED varietry, albeit more difficult to produce.

Turning to software for a minute, earlier this month Apple introduced watchOS 3 which will load apps faster by keeping them in the watch's memory. Apps will update in the background, and a new app dock will hold two of the user's favorite apps fir quick retrieval. With the update, Apple Watch users will be able to reply to messages by using hand drawn letters. An SOS feature will countdown three seconds before help is summoned, and the Watch will start tracking wheelchair activity.

Apple Watch users are really looking forward to the next big change that will untether the Apple Watch from the iPhone, and allow them to make or take calls directly from the watch itself. Earlier this month, a report called for the Apple Watch 2 to be introduced by the end of this year. Apple is reportedly expected to produce 2 million units of the wearable per month. But the report didn't state whether the Apple Watch 2 would be more independent from the iPhone. Regardless, we don't expect to see the new Micro LED screens on the timepiece until the second half of 2017 at the earliest.

source: Digitimes

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13 Comments

1. ken6688

Posts: 13; Member since: May 24, 2013

I just want apple to allow the watch tether with my iPod touch or iPad instead. This will attract those iPod or iPad only users to buy the watch.

2. guests

Posts: 196; Member since: Jun 19, 2016

Apple be like: for that particular reason, u need to buy an i-tether, which cost $199.

3. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Not a bad idea!

4. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Not a bad idea!

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

pricier component? no, they wont use it

8. Tsrnexus

Posts: 43; Member since: Mar 19, 2014

They will, but will charge you an extra 100 bucks for a $25 component

9. Iodine

Posts: 1480; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Pricier compared to what ? I don't think that price is as powerful determining factor. For example 3D touch has to make up a fortune with those tens of millions of 6S devices. If they will come with next generation of display technology, that nobody got used to and which brings some big benefits, price is not that important.

6. sukrith2194 unregistered

This is just gonna be a gimmick that no one would see the difference of... But act as if there is a difference and prove to be costlier than the current Apple watch!

13. Unordinary unregistered

You idiot.

7. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

Sony can't even perfect their "Crystal LED" technology for their TVs. Instead they used CLED, now called CLEDIS, on a large canvass display.

10. cherry.dev

Posts: 107; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

they can't even make the best camera in smartphone.

12. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

They do make the best camera in smartphones (Apple, Samsung). They just can't perfect algorithms in their own device. SMH. This micro LED or Crystal LED (Sony) tech is the best OLED alternative and said to be hard and expensive to make in small scale displays according to Sony.

11. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Smart watches are already dead. Seriously... who'd be hyped by this regardless of what company this is from!

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