Apple has teamed up with TSMC, a Taiwan-based firm that is based company to produce micro-LED display panels perhaps as part of the plan to overcome problems that have slowed production.
The micro-LED partnership between Apple and TSMC highlights the software and Tech Company’s direction for the next generation of iPhones. Apple launched the iPhone X a few weeks ago and it was the first iPhone to feature an OLED display. However, there has been speculation that micro-LED technology will be the future of mobile displays and it seems like Apple is looking to get a head start.
“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,” sourced revealed.
Apple plans to switch over to micro-LED once mass production starts taking place affordably and reliably. This means future iPhones could feature these displays but this is probably not going to happen soon. Analysts believe that the iPhone maker might start adopting the technology in 2019 which is still far off considering how fast mobile technology has been evolving. It is believed that Apple will first fit the displays into the Apple Watch for trials before finally installing them on iPhones.
Rumors about Apple’s interest in Micro-LED technology first made the airwaves in 2015 after it was reported that the company had secretly opened a lab in Taiwan. The lab was specifically for research involving display technologies such as Micro-LED and OLED. The company had previously acquired a micro-LED display manufacturer called LuxVue Technology back in 2014.
Apple’s interest in the micro-LED technology is due to the fact that it has various advantages over other types of displays. For example, micro-LEDs are more energy efficient, lighter and thinner thus offering various improvements in battery life as well as the overall ease of manufacturing. Recent reports claim that Apple has downsized its research and development at the Northern Taiwan lab. This plus the joint efforts with TSMC suggest that it might have shifted the R&D to its HQ in the U.S.