Apple's alleged microLED plant in Santa Clara

Apple would be secretly developing its own microLED screens for its products

Apple already owes a lot to Samsung for relying on it to manufacture the OLED screens used, for the time being, on the iPhone X. But, just as there have been some rumors before, Apple’s intention is to decrease this dependence even more.

Stronger evidence has now emerged from sources in the Bloomberg, which said today that Apple would be manufacturing own screens with microLED technology and for that, he would be using a “secret” factory in Santa Clara, California.

Apple's alleged microLED plant in Santa ClaraApple’s alleged microLED factory in Santa Clara

Anonymous sources said that Apple is investing heavily in the development of the latest generation of microLED screens, whose technology uses different OLED compounds to emit light and promises to make the screen futures gadgets thinner, brighter and sucking less energy.

Something that contributes a lot to this rumor is the fact that Apple bought the company LuxVue, which was specialized in microLED displays, back in 2014 – which shows that the desire to get rid of other manufacturers for the screens of their devices is not Something new.

THE Bloomberg He also said that Apple would have started testing in a research laboratory called the “Technology Center” in Taiwan, but it seems that last year efforts there were reduced and now they are keeping the technology in California, far from their own. partners and closer to its headquarters; in the end, Apple should still outsource large-scale production of the screens.

The California plant is too small for mass production, but the company wants to keep proprietary technology away from its partners as long as possible, says one person. “We put a lot of money in the factory,” says this person. “Is it big enough to overcome engineering constructions [e] allows us to keep everything at home during the development stages. ”

Some already suggest that the first gadget having these new screens would be the next generation of the Apple Watch, which they believe is ready to be launched later this year. However, the Bloomberg suggests that it may take some years for Apple’s microLED screens to actually appear on its products; the stakes are maybe 2 years for the Apple Watch and 3-5 years for the iPhone.

Anyway, if there are already strong rumors on this point, there is certainly the intention to become increasingly independent of suppliers, which already seem to suffer from the news now. The rumor launched by Bloomberg, in a few hours, caused the shares of some screen makers to plummet: Japan Display fell 4.4%, while Sharp’s fall was 3.3% and Samsung’s, 1.4%.

This is because it is just a rumor; imagine when it materializes, the damage it won’t do in Asia …

via MacRumors, 9to5Mac