Samsung was one of the first to release MicroLED technology when they announced their 146-inch modular TV “The Wall” at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Now, there are reports that Apple is working on utilizing the technology for its smartwatch users. Apparently, the company is secretly developing MicroLED screens for its smartwatches in a Californian facility. #objectmagic
According to Bloomberg, Apple is tired of relying on suppliers when it comes to their screens so the company started developing its own screens for its next wearables. The Cupertino-based tech titan is investing time and resources into designing and producing a prototype of MicroLED screens.
Currently, their smartwatches use OLED displays, so a MicroLED screen would be an upgrade. MicroLEDs are similar to OLEDs in that they don’t use backlighting, opting for individual pixel lighting. OLEDs, however, are made with organic compounds, so they are not only expensive to make, but can deteriorate through extensive use. MicroLEDs offer the same emissive display, but theoretically without the downsides of and eventually at a cheaper price than OLED displays.
It will likely be a while until we see the first Apple Watch with MicroLED screens, but when it does come out, it will certainly make impact. As for “The Wall,” the MicroLED TV is expected to go on sale at the end of summer.