Report: Apple working on micro-LED displays at "secret" Taiwan factory

Report: Apple working on micro-LED displays at
Just yesterday, we told you that Apple is reportedly working on new screen technologies at a "secret" factory in Taiwan. Today, a new report was published stating that the tech titan is working on micro-LED screens that would result in thinner and more energy efficient displays. Because micro-LED screens do not require backlighting, their use can result in svelte handsets that provide more battery life.

Micro-LED screens also offer higher resolution and a better color gamut. But there is a major drawback. When used in a TFT (thin film transistor) manufacturing process, the yields are unacceptable. This makes mass production of the screen extremely difficult. But that is what Apple is working on in the Taiwan facility. If it can improve the yields, micro-LED could become a challenger to OLED, according to Digitimes Research analyst Jessie Lin.

Apple has been rumored to be considering a shift to OLED screens for the Apple iPhone. However, KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, who has an amazing track record with his Apple forecasts, says that an iPhone sporting an AMOLED screen won't take place until 2019 at the earliest.

source: Digitimes

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1. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

LOL sounds like another GT in the making.

29. KRONeage

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 17, 2011

Yeah what these fools don't realize is that there is a difference between merely investing in a technology company via 3rd party owned company outside Apple (like GT Advanced that took the bankruptcy hit for them) and actually owning the company directly, so it becomes their responsibility if it fails! Apple is just building their Wizard of Odd Behind the Curtain.... Reputation of simply being the money bags behind them. So they are still looking like God......without ever actually taking any risks, themselves. That way they still get a different type of writeoff and all the Glory if they succeed. Without really taking any risks. Plus..... surprisingly..... companies do this all the time, so they at least appear to be Immaculate and Incapable of Making Mistakes! .....and while at the same time for Apple, they never have to dip into their pile of Fools Gold at the End of the Rainbow! xD Meaning they never really intended to dig into that ever.... in the first place. Merely just holding it up like a WWF Champion's Belt.... they don't ever own in the first place either! ......just holding it for up to 25yrs in LONG..... TERM.... Securities and Investments they can't touch without paying out 35% Gains Taxes to spend it! The Applewellian Proles, Trolls and Shills will all tell you that they can spend it at any time by selling them off. They just neglect to tell you, that they'd not only take a huge hit in discounted sales, but would still owe those taxes and if they cashed them in, they'd still owe early withdrawal penalties. What they like us all to believe is that all that supposed GOLD is really theirs.... like some kind of Corporate iScrooge'd U McDuck clone hoping no one notices they can't spend any of it anyway. Greed does strange things and makes these type of totally OUT SOURCED.... iTrinket Design House Only Companies look BIGGER than they really are. Like a Blow Up Dolly Parton Doll with 4D boobs!!! .....only takes a pin to pop their bubble! :D

35. AlikMalix unregistered

Apple is just good at making money. Show me a company that doesn't strife to make money and willing to do whatever it takes to make it and I will sell my iPhone and get whatever you think is a better phone for me. Samsung cheats, copies, and destroys companies.... Other just destroy themselves and would desperately want to be Apple. Apple outsources, funds companies and their RnD, buys companies, and sells them. Every company does. You think Google created all the stuff you enjoy? You think Microsoft did? Samsung? They all do exactly what Apple does no less, no more. NONE of googles services that you enjoy were created by Google: not YouTube, not gmail, not Maps, not even Android. But all eyes is on Apple - and that's why a tiny purchase or mistake is blown up out of proportion - Apple news sell. GTA promised to fulfill the orders and didn't even come close, wrecking Apple plans - they should be in jail right now (please use your time wisely and read up on the matter before commenting). If you believe Apple isn't a good company - vote with your wallet. Spinning things to make your point just makes a fanboy argument seem even more dumb.

36. KRONeage

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 17, 2011

Apple are the thieves and that easy to see, since only the biggest thieves cry the loudest about everyone stealing from them. Apple cries so loud like as if they invented EVERYTHING.... in LIFE.... eons before DAWN of TIME IMMORTAL! haha.... Wahhh..... wahhhh..... wahhhhh all the way to the bank like good like little crybaby gypsy circus barkers selling their iSnake You Oil to fools like you who are like their shills, iDiots that believe on their every word as if they were the ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdad! lol..... Yeah it's the fools without a brain of their own who fall for Apple Tim Crook's preaching lies about Saint Steve Jobs's rotten bitten apple logo company! Who committed the original sin in the Garden of Eden. That's where their iCon Game all began if you read the Apple iBible of course! ....but you fools don't read and just accept Tim Crook's Words as the Gospel of Saint Steve Jobs! ahahaha.... 85% of the World's people don't buy any of the junk apple only pretends to make, so they can iCon all you iDiots into making them richer only! Congratulations...... You Won.... now go play with your iTrinkets on the Freeway to iHell!!! :D And that's why Good Companies like Google and Samsung always WIN in the end. Like they have again this year. In case you don't realize this fact; Samsung is still the #1 Smartphone Maker in the World and Google Android is still the number one mobile OS used today!!! xD

37. AlikMalix unregistered

Are you mental?

38. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Well, he is right, you know!?.. The real thieve is usualy the loudest one screaming and/or the first one screaming thieves. At least Samsung admit it if they want to copy/or follow Apple. They are honest you know... hehehe.

39. KRONeage

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 17, 2011

Are you iRetarded or just the perfect example of an Applewellian Brainwashed Prole, Troll or Shill? xD ......er maybe just Mad, because I'm right! :D Get over it!!!

2. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

I guess it's not so 'secret' now.

3. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Not a apple fan but if they can pull it off, then this would be the future of display tech. The advantages of amoled but none of its weaknesses. Let's see how it turns out

4. Kumar123 unregistered

Exactly. It will have all the advantage of the OLED display tech but will not have the disadvantage of OLED display. I really hope Apple can pull it off.

10. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

What disadvantages are those exactly as the galaxy s6 family and the note 5 have the best screen on mobile phones by a long shot

11. Kumar123 unregistered

A simple Google search will answer the question you asked. Here put these words - "main disadvantage of a oled display" . The search result will show you the both advantage and disadvantage of OLED panel. You're welcome.

34. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Disadvantages I've seen are: - Lifetime; blue OLEDs have shorter life time than the red and green, so, after having your screen -constantly- on for 14,000 hours (~1.6 years), then it will pass out. Given the max screen-on time on a Note 5 through a whole day use (via battery) is 8 hours, it'll take 4.8 years or more before the average user's screen dies. - Expensive; only further justifies the price of the SmartPhone, whereas apple's cheap display just further proves how overpriced their device is... - Water damge; we don't hear any of that regarding Samsung's devices - Brightness; long been fixed in Samsung's devices that gain up to 563 nits indoors and even brighter outdoors with automatic brightness turned on. - Power consumption; the S6/Note 5 don't suffer from wall-hugging and it's only recently that iDevices stopped wall-hugging as of the iPhone 6s...so, not really a disadvantage in current OLED devices. So far, none of the above disadvantages matter much...apple's just waiting for it to get cheap then they'll integrate last year tech and sell it at a premium again.

12. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

True But Oled Has Its Disadvantages When Compared To Led. Screen Burn In And Brightness Are 2 That I Know Of. Mostly Things That Don't Have To Do With Calibration.

25. Macready

Posts: 1824; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

OLED screens have already caught up in brightness. Any (if any) difference left is more than made with much higher contrast and low reflictivity, making them better readable in direct sunlight. The only reason people still talk about values over 450-500 nits to begin with, because indoors that just burns your retina.

15. Applesexual3

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 16, 2015

This is probably not correct and will be inferior to last year's Samsung's AMOLEDs, as Apple is still planning on switching to OLED in the end. The only reason why Apple isn't moving is because only Samsung has the capability of producing quality OLED panels, and Apple doesn't want people to find out Apple doesn't develop any technology. Apple only buys tech in bulk. Apple is just a repackager.

33. -whis-

Posts: 16; Member since: Dec 15, 2015

LG also can make OLED and POLED.. even if apple decide to use OLED, they'll use the cheapest OLED available and calibrate it to produce color close to their old IPS panel, so their sheep will say it look better than samsung's SUPERAMOLED, lol

16. Applesexual3

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 16, 2015

Again, read the article: "However, KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, who has an amazing track record with his Apple forecasts, says that an iPhone sporting an AMOLED screen won't take place until 2019 at the earliest." If Apple thinks this can replace AMOLED, why are they still planning on switching in the future? MicroLED is nothing but a stop-gap before transitioning to AMOLED. Face it, Apple has never really been good at developing technology. They wait for other companies to develop and just buy them in bulk. In presentation, Apple just pretends they developed it to market it to tools like Kumar123.

30. KRONeage

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 17, 2011

These Micro-LED Screens can't even be produced yet. This is another GT Advanced Pipe Dream. Where they are hoping beyond hope that some fabricator..... (not this micro mini start up design company) somehow comes up with some miraculous Immaculate Conception of increasing yields (like with GT Advanced with Sapphire Crystal glass covers) to acceptable mass production levels for all iPhones produced. Ain't going to happen..... and Apple isn't taking the risk themselves. Like always they're just hoping LG, Samsung, Sharp, Foxconn or some other screen fabricator takes all their chances for them. Ain't ever going to happen anymore. Because they all now know, you can't trust Apple as far as you could toss their Space Donut Headquarters into the wind... no less! Which means it'd end up Bankrupt just like GT Advanced and Apple still would be risking any of their own Cash Wad they're sitting on for up to 25yrs in Long Term Securities still holding 35% deferred taxes owed!!!!

5. nodes

Posts: 1160; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

been waiting for this. Qualcomm's Mirasol isn't developing well.

6. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

....DP

7. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

PhoneArena "Micro-LED screens also offer higher resolution and a better color gamut." It's not better colour gamut it's wider and wider does not neceserelly mean better. sRGB can be better panel then Adobe RGB. It all boils down to hardware and calibration which holds many factors that determine quality of the display.

8. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

They Better Hope Samsung Doesn't Improve On Amoled Before They Get The Results They Want.

9. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I Hate How Apple Only Wants To Improve On This Tech For The Sole Purpose Of Making Their Phones Thinner And The Batteries Smaller SMH.

19. illusionmist

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 29, 2013

Jaden?

13. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

This is the same as Sony's Crystal LED display that didn't made into production. Sony implemented this on experimental TV's.

14. Macready

Posts: 1824; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

The highly misleading thing with microled news or in this case rumor items, is that they are usually based on theory rather than practise. In practise, production comes into play too and microleds need to be produced using the epitaxial process, which results in a limited lifespan too, not factored in above. In fact, a much shorter lifespan at the moment than mass produced modern (AM)OLED...

17. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

AMOLED in 2019. So, they use inferior technology and sell it with high price just like bad chasis in iPhone 6 an sell it at the same superior 6s chasis price? Are iPhone owners are realy that smart?

22. xperiaZlover

Posts: 202; Member since: Nov 15, 2015

Lcd can still rival an Amoled screen with excellent software optimizations and new technology. Check out the Z5 premium 4k display by JDI and samsung Note 5 display.

18. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Is this like Crystal LED?

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