Apple to Develop Smartwatch with Micro LED Display
Tech giant Apple is reportedly working on developing next-generation Micro LED screens at Santa Clara, California
Micro LED is a complex new display technology where, each pixel emits light instead of relying on backlighting for the entire panel. This property of Micro LED provides excellent contrast, power efficiency, and viewing angles without compromising brightness or longevity. The U.S. electronics major is using a facility in California to design and manufacture prototype Micro LED screens. Engineers at the facility have reported to develop fully functional Apple Watch-sized MicroLED screens at the facility, with a view to using the technology commercially for the first time in the watch. Furthermore, Korean tech giant Samsung is also working on Micro LED. It showcased 146-inch modular TV using same technology at CES in January, 2018.
Apple is experimenting with MicroLED displays with the help of its 2014 LuxVue acquisition. LuxVue developed a high-quality displays for the company that required less power than current OLED technology. Integration of this technology can boost battery life of Apple’s devices. However, it is also reported by Bloomberg that the company faced technological challenges due to which it dropped the idea of developing LED displays in 2017. Ongoing efforts by Apple have introduced MicroLED prototype that could be launched in near future.
The project is reported to be codenamed T159 and is being led by Lynn Youngs, Apple engineer who worked on displays for the original iPhone and iPad, and who over the years has submitted a slew of display-based patents. Youngs is believed to be in charge of a team of around 300 engineers working on the development of the MicroLED screens. Samsung witnessed sales of more than US$ 20 billion from OLED displays used in the iPhone X.
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