Apple is highly expected to debut the OLED display this year with its anniversary edition of the iPhone, the iPhone 8. The OLED display itself is already creating a buzz as it would be a switch from LCD panels, and the Touch ID sensor would be embedded under it. Along with the OLED display, we may witness the launch of products with micro-LED display by Apple. Also Read - Good news for iPhone loves! Apple beats Xiaomi to regain second position in global smartphone marketAlso Read - Apple Music could soon release on the PlayStation 5: Report
According to a report by Digitimes (spotted by 9to5Mac), Apple will be launching a small volume of devices with micro-LED displays by the end of 2017. Apple will possibly manufacture these micro-LED products from its plant in Taoyuan, Taiwan by the end of this year. The report further adds that PlayNitride, a Taiwan-based startup will begin a trial-production line for micro-LED products in the second half of 2017. This hints on the possibility of seeing devices with micro-LED by this year latest.
This is not the first that Apple is rumored to launch devices with micro-LED displays. Business Korea had earlier reported that Apple is working on the micro-LED technology and would start mass production by the end of 2017. This report also suggests that the micro-LED displays on the upcoming Apple Watch 3. Digitimes had also reported last July that the Apple Watch 3 would feature micro-LED display. Apple had acquired micro-LED display developer LuxVue back in 2014, and has been working on this display technology ever since. ALSO READ: Apple to use micro-LED displays for the Apple Watch 3: Report
With reports pouring in about Apple s micro-LED devices, the possibility cannot be ignored. And if Apple does manage to pull this off, then it would be the first company to mass produce and commercialize micro-LED displays on devices. Speaking about micro-LED display, it is better in comparison to OLED display. Micro-LED displays offer 30 times more brightness, and also offer longer lifetime. This display is also thinner and lighter than OLED display measuring only 5 to 10 micrometers. ALSO READ: Apple to shift from OLED to micro-LED displays; should Samsung, LG be worried?
The micro-LED displays are expected to be used on next year s iPhone 9 as well. However, a more recent report suggested that the iPhone 9 would feature an OLED display. Speculations on the iPhone 9 are still nascent, and hence cannot be confirmed as yet. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 9 to feature OLED display with screen sizes of 5.28-inch, 6.46-inch: Report