As we look forward to seeing if the new iPhones (really) will come with LCD and OLED (or just OLED) screens, Apple is of course already thinking about the future of display technologies for their gadgets. A big bet the microLED.
Last March, we commented that Ma was secretly developing microLED displays at a factory near its headquarters in Santa Clara, California. This week, Ma representatives attended a display innovation convention in Taiwan and held private meetings with some of the country's largest display manufacturers, such as AU Optronics and the Epistar, as disclosed by Economic Daily News.
The site said Apple's representatives wanted to know more about the development of each of the technologies in microLED and also miniLED displays that were displayed during the convention and would be "appropriate for future generations of iPhones and Apple Watches." For analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, it is likely that this technology will already be deployed in the 2019 version of Apple Watch, and then transferred to iPhones, iPads and even MacBooks, who knows.
As its name suggests, these displays use tiny LED arrays, but they have even more advantages: they are bright and suck less energy than today's displays. As with other manufacturers, Apple may be more interested in microLED, as miniLED is known to be a transition technology.
In addition, Apple's microLED investments are not recent; In 2014, Ma acquired LuxVue, a company specialized in this technology. In addition to the talks with AUO and Epistar, Ma would have contacted its current chip supplier, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), to develop mass production methods of microLED screens.
The technological world does not stop.