Apple Is Producing Its Own MicroLED Screens In Secret

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The news, reported on Sunday, sent stocks of display makers into a flurry.

The technology giant is making a significant investment in the development of next-generation MicroLED screens, say the people, who requested anonymity to discuss internal planning.

According to Bloomberg, Leading US technology software and hardware company Apple is now developing a new range of LED displays at a manufacturing facility in California. Apple's interested in creating MicroLED screens which are expected to result in brighter panels which consume less power. The company promises to build the next-gen screen brighter, slimmer less power-hungry.

Bloomberg reckons the presence of MicroLED screens in Apple devices is still a few years away, but when the technology arrives it will make its debut in the Apple Watch.

Right now smartphones and other gadgets essentially use off-the-shelf display technology.

"It is not clear whether MicroLED will be better than the OLED displays Apple uses for its smartwatches".

The 62,000-square-foot manufacturing facility is located in Santa Clara, California. According to Bloomberg, the facility even has a special area for the intricate process of "growing" LEDs. In 2014, it acquired power efficient LED start-up LuxVue to drive research in the area. By the time Apple leverages the new MicroLED technology, some new technology will pop up, and ultimately Apple has to sacrifice the project and depend on other major players for the displays. "Our Taiwan team reduced iPhone X estimates last night".

The company will aim to use the new technology in its wearable computers first, it said.

Apple's push to make its own display technology in-house is in no way guaranteed, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. In fact certain hardware components are designed by Apple, like their A-series of chipsets, instead of relying on third-party companies like Qualcomm.

It will likely still be several years before microLEDs are in full-scale production. By moving into displays, Apple is rather taking a leap in terms of long-term potential and this might give a tough competition to a range of supplier of the screen makers like Samsung Sharp as well as LG. Shares in Sharp Corp, Japan Display Inc and LG Display Co Ltd ended the day between 1.6 percent and 2.4 percent lower. Apple gets the iPhone X screen from Samsung.

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