The tech giant Apple has just launched its first iPhone that sports OLED display, but is that it? Obviously not! The tech giant is reportedly working on the microLED display tech which is expected to outpace OLED in the upcoming years.
microLED screens will certainly be better than OLED, giving greater brightness, colour saturation and power efficiency.
A report from Digitimes initially sounds worrisome. The report suggests that Apple has downsized its microLED R&D team in Taiwan, and that the company is struggling with some of the practical manufacturing features of the technology. Earlier this year, the company was reported to be leading towards trial production.
Apple has reportedly downsized its R&D team for development of Micro LED display products in Longtan, northern Taiwan, due to issues related to mass transfer of Micro LED chips onto receiver substrates, according to sources from Taiwan’s upstream LED suppliers.
The slow progress in the development of the mass transfer technology is believed to impede related panel makers from realizing volume production of Micro LED panels in the short term, and therefore persuading Apple to realign the personnel of the Micro LED team, said the sources.
However, the news is that Apple may be downsizing simply because that aspect of the research is done, with further R&D work being carried out in the US. It also suggests that the company is joining hands with TSMC on an alternative approach to the manufacturing hurdles.
Apple is reportedly collaborating with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to develop applications based on silicon-based backplanes (silicon wafers) aiming to sidestep the bottleneck that entails with the mass transfer of LED chips, indicated the sources.
Apple has been looking to forward to embrace the technology by acquiring LuxVue, a company specialising in the field, back in 2014.
It’s likely that microLED will make its first way to the Apple Watch before it reaches iPhones. Recent reports suggest that the technology could be introduced in the upcoming year.