Apple is designing and making its own Apple device displays for the first time in its history. At its headquarter in California, Apple has managed to produce promising display samples. Apple's MicroLED screens are being manufactured at a 62,000-square-foot facility in Santa Clara, Calif. With the advent of its in-house MicroLED technology, the tech mogul is deliberate to step-up its game among the top competitors that too without being dependent on any entity for technology. READ NEXT:IBM launches new platform for AI business applications Bringing display building in-house will provide several advantages to Apple.
LG Display Co and the Synaptics Inc are also known to make display panels for Apple. According to Bloomberg's unnamed sources, Apple is investing heavily into MicroLED display tech that could make its way first to the Apple Watch, before heading to future iPhones sometime in the next "three to five years".
But Apple isn't the only company working on MicroLED.
The news caused share prices of Apple's display supply partners to crash on global markets, Bloomberg reported. This could allow Apple to distinguish its products from the competition by creating slimmer devices with improved display performance.
Taking control over MicroLED technology would help Apple stay strong in the smartphone market and outpace arch rivals including Samsung which tout about their superior screens. The company had acquired LuxVue technology, a developer of MicroLED screen technology way back in 2014.
Digitimes sources added that it's expected that Japan Display, Sharp and LG Display will be the main suppliers of LTPS panels to Apple in 2018.
The likelihood of the iPhone 9 or any upcoming new Apple Watches having MicroLED screens is fairly low, however. Every company can buy LCD or OLED displays however, only Apple could own MicroLED. The engineers of Apple are making a remarkable progress in this field and the technology is on advanced stage. The Ewing, N.J. -based company is a key supplier of technology and materials used to make OLED displays. The new equipment will be needed for mass production of the screens.
Apple sells millions and millions of iPhones each year. See, the iPhone SE only sports a 4-inch display, and this year's iteration of the SE is said to come with a much larger 6.2-inch display.