Tech giant reported to be developing own screens

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At its headquarter in California, Apple has managed to produce promising display samples.

MicroLED is an emerging industry, and these screens are significantly harder to make as compared to OLED displays.

The report has also suggested that Apple's MicroLED technology displays would use newer light-emitting compounds that make them brighter, thinner, and less power-intense than the current OLED displays.

The iPhone maker is reportedly finalising talks with LG on an OLED supply deal which could see the latter provide its panels for this year's iPhone with edge-to-edge display. It makes flawless sense that Apple would have a facility to design its own version of the technology, and find out what is feasible from a manufacturing viewpoint, but it seems incredibly unlikely that it would actually seek to move into mass-production itself.

Samsung now produces OLED screens for Apple's iPhone X flagship, but was expected to take a hit from subdued demand for the device, which led Apple to cut the number of units it planned to build.

Apple is especially interested in MicroLED screens as it tries to get better and beat rivals like South Korea electronics giant Samsung. LG Display (LPL) stock was down 1.1%, near 12.90, on Monday. We have seen the company move the production of numerous iPhone's components in-house and it's now said to be doing the same for displays as well.

Apple was supposedly working on MicroLED display technology at an R&D center in Taiwan.

Apple already designs its own chips. On the other hand, Apple is likely to outsource manufacturing of MicroLED technology to reduce the risk of affecting its bottom line with producing snafus. According to Bloomberg, several of these suppliers suffered in the Asian markets after Apple's development plans were reported. Executives recently approved continued development for the next two years, with the aim of shipping MicroLED screens in products. Depending on screen size, they can contain millions of individual pixels. Each of these tiny LEDs must be individually created and calibrated.

Engineers at the facility are also assembling prototype MicroLED screens, right down to attaching the screen to the glass.

The manufacturing building has 60,000 square feet and and is the second publicly known lease in Santa Clara by Apple.



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