Apple Is Trying to Make its Own Displays

Apple Is Trying to Make its Own Displays

Apple Is Trying to Make its Own Displays

The company is reportedly designing and producing its own displays in a secret manufacturing facility near its California headquarters. But the report stated that this technology is unlikely to reach an iPhone for at least three to five years, due to production difficulties.

Producing its own display is the latest effort from Apple to bring more components in-house. But the more of those parts Apple can make itself, the more profit it can generate as well as making its supply chain more reliable. The remaining 60 to 70 million units of LTPS displays will be purchased for the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 8, 7 and SE, as per the source.

The company has been working on the technology for a long time and also nearly killed the project around one year ago, says the report.

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The news of the secret project shook the markets immediately.

The report also mentions of another facility that houses technology that handles LED-transfers, a process in which individual pixels are placed into a microLED screen.

MicroLED is a complex new emissive display technology where, like OLED, each pixel gives off its own light instead of relying on backlighting for the entire panel. The 62,000-square-foot manufacturing facility is very near to the Apple Park campus in Cupertino.

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Apple's interest in MicroLED technology has been established for some time. Apple now relies on companies such as Samsung and LG for its device displays, but that could change if the efforts in its Santa Clara facility pay off.

Currently, the smartphone makers use off-the-shelf display technology, but they customize the screens to meet their specifications. Presumably, the LG G7 will come equipped with LG Display's MLCD+ panel, which is claimed to consume 35 percent less power than a standard LCD display, without impacting the brightness.

As Apple successfully manufactured a MicroLED screen for a future Apple Watch a year ago, wearables looks to be where the technology will first take off. The Wall TV, which uses MicroLED can grow to as much 146 inches. Executives recently permitted continued development overcoming 2 years, with an aim of installing MicroLED screens in products.

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