It is unlikely that the technology will reach an iPhone for at least three to five years as MicroLED screens are more hard to produce than the current displays, Bloomberg said. According to the report, Apple initially bought these wafers from third parties such as Epistar Corp and Osram Licht AG, but has now begun "growing" its own LEDs to make the in-house donor wafers. They will be following in the footsteps of Apple in reverting back to LCD display after the USA company also failed to sell as many iPhone X units as they were expecting. "It's big enough to get through the engineering builds [and] lets us keep everything in-house during the development stages".
MicroLED is set to be the next step in display tech and uses light-emitting compounds to provide a more efficient and slimmer, yet also brighter, displays than OLED panels.
The new displays would be a first for the company.
If Apple succeeds in developing MicroLED screens then it will have a significant advantage over its arch-rival Samsung, which is a leading manufacturer of OLED screens.
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Samsung now produces OLED screens for Apple's iPhone X flagship, but was expected to take a hit from subdued demand for the device, which led Apple to cut the number of units it planned to build. However, Apple released the other company from the partnership for failing to improve the technology.
People familiar with the situation claim that Apple Inc is designing its own screen displays in a secret plant in California. But just like Apple is planning to go it alone when it comes to internal components of the iPhone, it now looks like Apple wants to do the same with the display as well. However, Apple's engineers made a breakthrough that saved all the work they have previously put into developing the MicroLED screens.
The iPhone maker isn't exactly new to the MicroLED technology scene. That's what makes Apple's investment such a risky one.
Samsung is the only company that can manufacture OLED displays, NAND flash, DRAM chip in the quantities required by Apple for its iPhones. In 2014, the iPhone maker acquired MicroLED firm LuxVue. LG will also be looking too into the production in the second half of this year for the 6.5-inch model of the iPhone.