Micro-LED iPhone, iPad, and Mac screens could be in Apple's future
Last week, we passed along a few rumors from analyst Jeff Pu and tipster Ross Young related to future Apple Watch models. Pu said that the second-generation Apple Watch Ultra, expected to be released late in Q3 of 2024, will sport a new display. While the first-generation timepiece has a 1.92-inch LTPO AMOLED display, the sequel will feature a 2.1-inch micro-LED display.
Micro-LED displays use extremely small light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to create individual pixels. While such screens are difficult to make, they deliver more accurate colors, darker blacks, and better contrast. They also don't promote screen burn-in as LCD and OLED panels do. Ross Young, considered to be one of the most accurate tipsters around, is the co-founder, and CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC). Young weighed in with a tweet stating that Apple will switch to micro-LED displays for the regular Apple Watch starting with Series 11 in 2025.
The Apple Watch Ultra (R) will be the first Apple product to get a micro-LED display
Young followed up with another tweet saying that LG Display is building a small assembly line for micro-LED production that will start up in the second half of 2024. Even though Apple acquired micro-LED manufacturer LuxVue in 2014, Young said that the Cupertino-based tech giant won't be involved in the complete process of making micro-LED components which is why LG Display is building the aforementioned assembly line.
Today, in his weekly Power On newsletter, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman says that after Apple uses the micro-LED technology for the Apple Watch and Apple Watch Ultra, the iPhone would be the next product to feature micro-LED displays. And eventually, Gurman writes, Apple could use micro-LED for the displays on iPad tablets and Mac computers.
Keep in mind that micro-LED displays use even smaller LEDs than the ones used for the mini-LED technology found on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2021) and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2022).
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