It has been over a year since the Apple Watch went on sale, but unlike its annual updates for the iPhones, Apple has not yet launched the second-generation Apple Watch. Though it has slashed prices of the Watch and even introduced an improved WatchOS 3. Now, new rumors suggest the second-generation Apple smartwatch, dubbed Apple Watch 2, will be launched in late 2017 and come with improved hardware. Also Read - Apple shines in June quarter, posts record sales for iPhones, Macs and iPadsAlso Read - Friendship Day gifting ideas for your young tech-savvy besties under Rs 5,000
One of the major changes that the Apple Watch 2 will bring forth is replacement of the OLED screen with micro LED panels, Digitimes reports citing its supply chain sources. The Apple Watch 2 will be debut alongside the iPhone 2017 model, which too is widely rumored to be embracing OLED panels. This year s iPhone will retain the LCD panels. Also Read - Apple releases important iOS 14.7.1 update: iPhone users must download it right now
Apple may be shifting to the micro LED technology for its low power consumptions and ability to deliver improved color gamuts and brightness levels than the existing LCD panels. It is worth pointing out that the micro LED panels are considered to have better battery efficiency than their LCD counterparts as they don t need backlight. These panels will also allow Apple to make a slimmer Watch.
Apple may be leveraging expertise of LuxVue Technology, which it acquired in 2014. LuxVue Technology specializes in micro LED technology. Apple last year had also set up a lab in Taiwan that was dedicated for R&D of new display technologies. Prior to the acquisition, Luxvue had secured several patents on micro LED technology that was aimed future wearable devices.