Apple wants to develop according to a media report after own computer chips also the technology of the displays of its devices. The iPhone group has already managed to produce prototypes of small screens for its computer clock Apple Watch, wrote the financial service Bloomberg on Monday. Apple’s MicroLED technology is designed to produce display that offer a brighter picture and at the same time be thinner and more energy-efficient, it was said relying on informed persons. It could take another three to five years for the technology to appear in an iPhone.
In addition to research, Apple has set up its own small production facility in Santa Clara, California, not far from the corporate headquarters in order to maintain a competitive advantage as long as possible. MicroLEDs are much more difficult to produce than current screens. Each of millions of pixels of the display consists of three LEDs in the colors red, green and blue. Each of these tiny LEDs must be manufactured and calibrated individually. Apple could produce “a handful” of MicroLED displays for the watch in Santa Clara, wrote Bloomberg. However, the technology is so complex that the group almost stopped working on the project a year ago.
Apple puts a lot of emphasis on developing the hardware components of its devices themselves, so they fit better with the planned functions. For years, iPhones, iPads and computer clocks have been home-grown chips, while most Android smartphone manufacturers are accessing processors off-the-shelf. So far, Apple has had to rely entirely on its suppliers for displays, even though the OLED screens made by Samsung for the new iPhone X are already largely designed by Apple.
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