Yesterday, we came across some interesting reports suggesting that Apple is developing new display technologies in a secret lab located in Taiwan. Although not much was known in regards to this particular facility, in the meantime it looks like the Taiwanese authorities have acknowledged the lab’s existence after numerous local and foreign media outlets have pushed the matter under the public spotlight.
In other words, Apple’s secret lab is no longer so secret, and if the latest reports from Digitimes are accurate then the Cupertino giant is apparently using this facility to develop micro-LED display technology that might rival OLED.
Apple Developing micro-LED Display Tech?
Yesterday, the Hsinchu Science Park Bureau officially confirmed that Apple has opened a new R&D lab in the industrial park in Northern Taiwan since April 15, confirming that the facility used to be occupie by Qualcomm's division.
Today, Digitimes Research analyst, Jessie Lin, reports that Apple might be using this facility to develop micro-LED display technology. Unlike traditional LCDs, Micro-LED displays don’t require a backlight, and in turn, this allows for higher resolution, thinner profiles, as well as a more accurate color gamut.
However, the main issue with micro LED lies in low yield,
especially when using a TFT manufacturing process. This is where
the new facility comes in, as Jessie Lin reports that Apple uses
the new lab to develop a manufacturing process which would lead to higher yield and massproduction. Furthermore, Lin claims that
micro LED technology will become an OLED contender,
but it’s too early to know when, or if Apple will pull this off.
Meanwhile, numerous reports suggest that Apple is preparing to adopt OLED technology for iPhones in 2018, so needless to say, much can happen in the coming years, and the story could take an interesting twist at any point.As a quick reminder, microLED technology is not entirely new although it’s not yet commercially available
either. Micro LED display tech was initially developed
by LuxVue, which was acquired by Apple back in 2014.