Apple is apparently in advanced talks with Taiwanese manufacturers to introduce microLED displays to their products as soon as next year, via the Economic Daily News.
The company is apparently preparing an Apple Watch with a microLED display that replaces the current OLED panel produced by the LG Display.
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Although vendors obviously refused to confirm a reported deal with Apple, one of the vendors said they were in contact with the US smartwatch industry. 19659002] Mass production of these parts will have a lead time of nine months, which means that an Apple Watch hardware revision at the end of 2019 would continue to use OLED panels.
At the end of 2020, the Apple Watch program would be the first microLED Apple product, according to this report, with Apple wishing to switch to using microLED in iPhones further down the line.
Bloomberg was the first outlet that shone light on Apple's micrological ambitions on a new port published in March last year. At that time, Apple was considered building custom microLED displays in facilities near Apple Park.
Switching from OLED to microLED is expected to provide miniaturization and battery life expectancy improvements, as microLED pixels are more energy efficient. MicroLED panels are also less prone to burn artifacts compared to OLED.