Getting into the mass production of microLED panels is not something easy even for Apple. But it looks like an unknown production facility might have started taking its first steps. According to Bloomberg Apple is current working on a prototype, where the company designs and manufactures their own microLED panels. The production facility is also said to be based in California.
Engineers over at Apple are said to have successfully got their hands on the first samples of microLED panels made for Apple Watch. Which means that Apple is heading in the right direction, as currently Apple is sourcing Apple Watch screens from LG.
Apple is also rumored to be invested heavily in seeing this through. Compared to OLED panels a microLED can use different emitting compounds. This will later on lead to display panels that are thinner, brighter and more efficient and might even be used on future iPhone devices. This all sounds great but it’s not easy to manufacture microLED panels compared to OLED. Apple had also given up on the idea of microLED panels a year back. But it looks like years of research and hard work is finally paying off. Though even after Apple is successful it would still require years before the new technology is commercialized.
Manufacturing its own components would also help Apple in the near future. As the company would no longer have to outsource its components from other manufacturers. This decision from Apple will also effect Samsung a lot, as they have been the sole providers of OLED panels to Apple and something like that also comes with a premium.
Whether Apple will move over to microLED panels or not it’s still too early to predict. But if this new technology is better than what OLED panels have to offer, Apple surely will go along with it soon. Till then Apple will be using OLED panels on its devices.