It has been rumored that the tech giant Apple is counting on LG for the production of the first micro-LED display for its Apple Watch, as per the report obtained from Macrumors.
Macrumors cites display analyst Ross Young as saying that LG has begun construction of a small production line for micro-LED screens in preparation for Apple’s transition away from OLED. It is anticipated that the plant will begin assembling Apple’s screens and supplying the company with microLED backplanes during the second half of 2024. The company’s long-term goal is to reduce its reliance on display suppliers such as Samsung and LG.
It was claimed earlier this month that the new high-end Apple Watch will use a larger micro-LED display measuring 2.1 inches, which will provide enhanced brightness in comparison to the existing Apple Watch models that use OLED screens. There is a good chance that this model will be an updated version of the Apple Watch Ultra.
This will also be relevant to Apple’s intentions to begin making its own displays for the iPhone and other products within the company’s own facilities.
The transition to using technology based on Micro-LEDs is an important one that will require the involvement of businesses such as LG Display in order to be successful. It will be interesting to observe how and when these major technology companies will incorporate Micro-LED into their product lines as the industry continues to mature and change.
In the meantime, it has been rumoured that Apple is hard at work developing OLED iPad Pro models with screen sizes of 11.1 inches and 13 inches to be released in the first quarter of 2024.
It is possible that the bezels on the OLED iPad Pro models will be reduced in size because larger screen sizes of 11.1 inches and 13 inches are planned for the models.
As of right now, Apple offers two different varieties of the iPad Pro: a 12.9-inch iPad Pro with a mini-LED display and an 11-inch iPad Pro with a conventional LCD display. Mini-LED has been and will continue to be reserved for the more expensive iPad Pro model.
In case you don’t know, the microLED technology makes use of microscopic LEDs to form pixels, which results in more accurate color, high contrast for improved HDR and viewing in less than ideal lighting conditions, support for wider viewing angles, reduced risk of screen burn-in, low latency for higher refresh rates, and improved efficiency.