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Apple to Develop MicroLED Screens to Replace Samsung Screens

Apple to Develop MicroLED Screens to Replace Samsung Screens

As Bloomberg reports, Apple is thought to be designing and producing its own displays in a secret manufacturing facility near California. The former use different light-emitting compounds than the current OLED displays which will eventually make future devices slimmer, become brighter and most importantly, consume less power than OLED technology.

The report says that Apple indeed nearly killed the project about a year ago, and there are still many challenges ahead, and scaling up such production technologies is never easy. If reports are accurate, Apple's internally-made MicroLED screens could displace its current provider for screens, Universal Display Corporation (NASDAQ: OLED). Race to commercialise next-gen displays Since this is the first time Apple's producing its own displays, technical troubles are to be expected during development.

The MicroLED manufacturing process is said to be "extraordinarily complex", as millions of individual pixels each have red, green, and blue sub-pixels that must be individually created and calibrated. It inherited the intellectual property driving the development when it acquired display firm LuxVue in 2014. However, the company never developed its own displays for devices they have launched till now. Executives of Apple have given a go-ahead to the program for the next two years with the aim of seeing MIcroLED screens in products. Let's be hopeful that this project will indeed be a successful feat for them.

Apple is especially interested in MicroLED screens as it tries to get better and beat rivals like South Korea electronics giant Samsung. The company procured the OLED display on the iPhone X from Samsung. Back then, rumors had it that Apple will use MicroLED in its then-upcoming Watch, but the company ended up using an OLED screen.

Samsung has been greatly benefiting from the early success of Apple's iPhone X, losing quite a bit of money on recent production slowdowns and revised sales targets. Last year Apple chose to sideline the project. All these tiny LEDs must be individually manufactured and calibrated.

However, even with Apple taking more control over its display design, it would likely still tap a third-party to manufacture them.

The Apple facility is now assembling prototype MicroLED screens for attaching the screens to the glass.

In the short term, however, Apple will continue using Samsung displays in its high-end iPhone line.

Apple's research facility in Santa Clara has been operating in secret for a few years now, but progress has been slow.

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