Apple would manufacture its own micro-LED screens for the future Apple Watch, iPad and iPhone

According to information from the Bloomberg agency, the successor to the Apple Watch Ultra, scheduled for 2024, would benefit from a micro-LED screen designed in-house by Apple.

The Apple Watch Ultra // Source: Anthony Wonner – Frandroid

Somehow, with each new iPhone release, it’s LG and Samsung that rub their hands. It must be said that Apple is supplied for the production of its screens mainly from the two Korean giants, or more precisely from their subsidiaries, LG Display and Samsung Display.

A few days ago, we also learned that Apple could soon be supplied by another player, the Chinese manufacturer BOE. This one would indeed be on the right track for provide Apple with the panels for the future iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus according to information from analyst Ming Chi Kuo. In detail, 70% of the tiles would be designed by BOE while Samsung would retain 30% of the iPhone market.

However, this would only be a first step for the American manufacturer. According to the most recent information from the agency Bloomberg, the Cupertino company would seek, in the future, to design its screens internally, without going through a supplier. Initially, this would involve the internal design of the slabs of the connected watches from Apple, Apple Watches. Thus, for the second generation ofApple Watch Ultraexpected in 2024, Apple is expected to design a display micro-LED instead of the Oled panel used so far. However, the firm would not intend to stop in such a good way: ” Apple plans to eventually offer these screens on other devices, including iPhones“. If the test were to prove conclusive, Apple would already have plans to bring its micro-LED screen to the iPad Pro in 2024 before integrating it into the iPhone in a few years.

Micro-LED, a technology as contrasting as Oled, but brighter

According to Bloombergthe first tests would have already started with prototypes based on the current Apple Watch Ultra.

Remember that the micro-LED has the advantage of offering not only infinite contrast, in the same way as the OLED, but also a much higher luminosity, of the order of 4000 cd/m², against 2000 cd/m² for the best Oled tiles. These tiles also have a longer lifespan than Oled and do not suffer from marking.

A Samsung microLED TV
A Samsung micro-LED TV // Source: Frandroid

According toBloomberg, the interest for Apple would be to allow better calibration of screens and panels truly adapted to its products. Moreover, this production of components in-house should also allow the firm to establish an ever greater presence throughout the entire production chain, the sinews of war in the electronics industry.

This isn’t the first time Apple has sought to assert its vendor independence. This was already the case with its shift to ARM Apple M1 and M2 chips in computers. Until then, Apple used classic x86 processors designed by Intel.

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