Apple making its own MicroLED screens, report suggests

Apple making its own MicroLED screens, report suggests

Kenneth Drake
March 24, 2018

When Apple launched the iPhone X in September a year ago, it was (and still is) the most expensive iPhone ever. The 6.5-inch device will bring a thin-bezel OLED screen and notch to the Plus form factor, incorporating a much bigger display in the same physical size as the current 5.5-inch iPhones.

Apple is reportedly working on the three iPhones for this year.

"...the new device's MBOM will be more than 10 percent lower than that for iPhone X. He added that the MBOM of the iPhone X was more than US$400 in 2017".

Here are three ways that Apple could improve upon the iPhone X's display.

Since the release of the iPhone X past year, people have been waiting with bated breath to see how Apple will expand upon this sleek and high-tech iteration of their popular smartphone.

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Apple will be looking to launch two OLED panel iPhones of screen sizes 5.8-inch and 6.3-inch along with a 6.1-inch LCD panel iPhone. This means that the iPhone X successor with 5.8-inch OLED display will be the cheapest model to be announced this year. This was due to the lower-than-expected demand for the iPhone X. Additionally, analysts from Nomura stated that customers did not want to shell out a lot of money for the smartphone's high price and prefer to opt for under $999 handsets. However, the project was suspended in mid-February and seems to have been completely scrapped.

Reports have emerged that Apple is developing its own MicroLED displays for its upcoming devices so as to reduce its reliance on other display manufacturers. For the iPhone X to have been launched alongside the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, Apple should have started mass producing it in late July at the latest.

Apple now designs chips for its mobile devices and a move into displays could hurt screen makers like Samsung Electronics Co, Japan Display Inc, Sharp Corp and LG Display Co in the long term. The jump sized iPhone could have a 6.5-inch display and a resolution of 1242 x 2688 pixels. This shows that there's room for Apple to improve - and, frankly, improve dramatically - on this relatively annoying aspect of the iPhone X in future models. However, the rumors regarding the conventional 4-4.5-inch iPhone, which is being sold under the SE tag, are getting rife each day.

In particular, the iPhone X supply side ramp was held back by limited production of the Infrared lasers used in the TrueDepth camera system. We could very well see a new Apple Pencil with expanded compatibility for lower-end iPads.