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Apple is reportedly working on its own MicroLED display to replace OLED

Apple is reportedly working on its own MicroLED display to replace OLED

Apple Inc.is one of the biggest tech giants in the world with a net worth over $900 billion.

With its own in-house display, Apple will not only have greater control on device production but also cut costs on buying components. This seems to change now. The Cupertino company has a secret facility where Apple is producing its own MicroLED screens in secret, hoping that will use them in the future iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and so on.

In 2014 Apple had acquired LuxVue, a company that was working on bringing MicroLED technology mainstream.

MicroLED also doesn't suffer from the problems faced by OLED panels like low-brightness levels and also increases the longevity of the display compared to the present technologies. These MicroLED screens are more hard to manufacture than OLED displays. Apple has for years standardized iPhone screens for color accuracy. Customers need to wait for few years for getting the required results.

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Apple now uses screens manufactured by companies including Samsung Electronics, Japan Display, Sharp, and LG Display. The drop of shares in Japan Display is 4.4 percent, Sharp drop by 3.3 percent and Samsung by 1.4 percent.

But the tech giant has always been planning to shift manufacturing in-house in an effort to lead the emerging MicroLed tech. The company is going to continue its uneasy partnership with Samsung Display for its OLED screens. By the time the technology is ready, something else might have supplanted it. Apple could run into insurmountable hurdles and abandon the project or push it back. Apple's facility in California is too small for mass-production, so ultimately it may have no choice but to outsource production. This will enable slimmer devices in the future, and due to the benefits of the technology, are aimed at smaller devices such as smartphones and smartwatches. The technology finally migrated to the iPhone X past year.

Smartphone manufacturers design screens according to their specifications. It is said that Apple is designing its own thin-film transistors and screen drivers.

The move could hurt Asian display suppliers.MicroLED is a new display technology that has grabbed the attention of several tech firms. The display isn't actually wearable, and instead is connected to an external computer board. It's also significantly brighter than OLED, and has a longer lifespan.

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