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Monday, 19 March 2018

Apple secretly develops its own screens for iPhone and Apple Watch

Since Bloomberg has reached a rumor in the last hours that is shaking the entire smartphone industry: Apple would be developing and producing their own screens , a challenge that had never been undertaken in the bitten apple.

Today, the screen of the Apple Watch is manufactured by LG display and as you know, the iPhone X integrates a panel made by Samsung that curiously has more quality than that made up of its own devices . It is not the Koreans, but the precision of Apple calibrating their colors .

If until now it had surprised with its processors, now Apple would plunge fully into the development of panels using MicroLED technology , the next generation of OLED that in theory will integrate the smartphones of the next few years, as well as other devices.

MicroLED screens are the future of smartphones , going one step further in terms of image quality, energy efficiency and spatial optimization. All are advantages, especially for Apple, which would stop feeding its "archenemy" Samsung, because every time Apple sells an iPhone X, both win.

However it is a somewhat complicated mission that can become impossible to happen as last year with the integration of the fingerprint reader on the screen. It even ensures that Apple had already tried to disembark in the sector of the panels, but did not achieve the expected results. This time they have already made an important economic injection in this area and they would be in the testing phase.

What is MicroLED and why is it so important

But first of all, it is important to be clear in general terms what is the MicroLED to understand why Apple has taken this risky decision .

The MicroLED screens use different components to emit light with respect to the current OLEDs, which will make the future telephones even finer, the screens brighter and also consume less energy .

But creating MicroLED panels is an extraordinarily complex task : depending on the size of the screen, they can contain millions of individual pixels, which in turn have red, green and blue LEDs.

Each one of them has to be created and calibrated individually . Although he initially left the creation to Osram or Epistar, he has now started to "grow" them for himself in his own greenhouses in Santa Clara.

Under the MicroLED screens it is necessary to insert thin film transistors and conductors, which are already being manufactured also in small scale and small dimensions in California.

What does it mean for Apple to make its own screens

That Apple manufactures its own components is great news at all levels : first for Apple itself, which no longer depends on third parties. But also for its users, who have already proven how the bitten apple is spent at the time of manufacturing. There is more to see how Apple's chips wipe out those of Qualcomm .

Even suppliers will benefit from this decision of Apple, as we saw with the cobalt , Apple ensures manufacturing conditions that not only exceed the levels of technological excellence, but also ensure traceability and ethical manufacturing , minimizing contraband and situations of labor exploitation that can not be secured so efficiently when you depend on third parties.
MicroLED, the next great achievement of the industry

Controlling MicroLED technology would ensure Apple a privileged position in the sector over the next few years , because as explained by Ray Soneira of DisplayMate Technologies:

    It is a golden opportunity, anyone can buy an LCD screen or OLED. But Apple can be the queen of MicroLED

And if you thought you had seen everything in terms of screen quality, you could not be more wrong . The MicroLED will allow Apple to remain at the top of the market offering the best screen with the best technology.

But it will not be easy. Mass production will require machinery, facilities and a learning period in which another manufacturer could advance them and achieve something better .

This operation, carried out in strict secrecy , would be coded as T159 and behind it would be Lynn Youngs, a veteran of the firm who helped implement the touch screens of the original iPhone and the iPad.

Sometimes we wonder why and why Apple buys certain startups , well, today we can see it clearly: the technology acquired thanks to the purchase of LuxVue in 2014 allows the integration of individual pixels in MicroLED screens . With this purchase, Apple had a clear idea in mind that started in a research laboratory in Taiwan and began to test them on the iPhone 7.

At the end of 2017, the engineers successfully implemented the MicroLED on the Apple Watch for the future, but this is only the beginning: the real hit will be achieved with the iPhone .

Today, the plant in California in which these tests are being carried out does not have the necessary infrastructure for large-scale manufacturing, but Apple is clear about it: it wants to be the company that develops it and the first to implement it in its devices .

In this factory of 6,000 square meters is located a quarter of now Apple Park, in Santa Clara and has more than 300 engineers working on this mission with total discretion.

If you are waiting to see the MicroLED on the 2018 iPhone, you can wait while sitting: it will not take place. This ambitious operation will reach users within 3 to 5 years . 

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