Micro-LED iPhone, iPad, and Mac screens could be in Apple’s future

Last week, analyst Jeff Pu and tipster Ross Young gave us a handful of rumors related to future Apple Watch models. Pu said his second-generation Apple Watch Ultra, which is set to release later in the third quarter of 2024, will feature a new display. While the first generation watch featured a 1.92-inch He LTPO AMOLED display, the sequel will feature a 2.1-inch Micro LED display.

Micro LED displays use very small Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) for the backlight used in the display. Such screens are difficult to make, but they offer more accurate colors, darker blacks, and better contrast. It also doesn’t promote screen burn-in like LCD and OLED panels do. Considered one of his most accurate tipsters, Ross Young is co-founder and CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC). Young posted a tweet stating that Apple will switch from his Series 11 to a mini LED display on his regular Apple Watch in 2025.

In a separate tweet, Young said that LG Display is building a small assembly line for micro-LED production, which will start in late 2024. Despite Apple’s acquisition of his micro-LED maker LuxVue in 2014, Young said the Cupertino-based tech giant won’t be involved in the full process of manufacturing micro-LED components. . This is why LG Display is building the aforementioned assembly line.

In his weekly Power On newsletter today, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman said: Apple is using micro-LED technology in the Apple Watch and Apple Watch Ultra, and the iPhone will be the next product to feature a micro-LED display. And eventually, Gurman writes, Apple will be able to use Micro LEDs in the displays of its iPad tablets and Mac computers.

Note that the Micro LED display uses even smaller LEDs than those used for the Mini LED technology found in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2021) and 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2022).

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