MicroLED display development receives focused attention from Apple | Inquirer Technology

MicroLED display development receives focused attention from Apple

/ 05:32 PM March 20, 2018

iPhone X with OLED screen  (Image: INQUIRER.net Stock Photo)

Apple has been investing extra funds on developing a new type of screen, which may overtake OLED displays.

A good amount of the company’s funds has been going to a secret facility near its California headquarters. The facility’s goal is to develop and produce test samples of MicroLED screens, according to a report by BloombergTechnology.


MicroLED is a next-generation display technology that can potentially allow for slimmer and less power-hungry gadgets with brighter displays.


However, creating a MicroLED screen has proven difficult so far because it uses different materials compared with OLED. Depending on screen size, a MicroLED display can contain millions of individual pixels while having three sub-pixels each. By comparison an 8K resolution display has 7,680 pixels by 4,320 lines.

Research on the technology is currently in its advanced stages but it may take a few more years before it gets implemented on a new iPhone.

Along the way the Cupertino company will have a few challenges to face. For one, new technology often requires new manufacturing equipment to build products. Outsourcing production of new screens runs the risk of the technology leaking to competitors.

OLED screen makers like Samsung and LG, which have been contracted to produce OLED displays for the iPhone X and future models, may also develop a better screen to overtake MicroLED.

For now, the iPhone maker is keeping a tight lid on the finer details of the new screen technology. The report suggests at least a three- to four-year wait time before MicroLED arrives on consumer gadgets.  /ra



Google calls on developers to build games on top of Maps data

Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2018 kicks off on June 4

Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Your subscription has been successful.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.

Artificial intelligence development course offered for free by Google

TOPICS: Apple, iPhone
TAGS: Apple, iPhone

© Copyright 1997-2024 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.