The other day a report from DigiTimes revealed that Apple could be launching products with microLEDs as early as the second half of 2018. TSMC is reported to be one of the companies to supply Apple with the microLEDs, but in a new report from DigiTimes (via AppleInsider), Apple could be in talks with more companies.

To be more specific, Apple is said to be in preliminary talks with a Taiwanese company by the name of PlayNitride. The company is said to be looking to invest $17.1 million for new facilities at Hsinchu Science Park where they plan to produce microLEDs in which Apple is apparently interested in getting their hands on.

Unsurprisingly PlayNitride has declined to comment which means that it’s anyone’s guess as to whether or not the report is accurate to begin with. However this isn’t the first time we’re hearing about Apple’s interest in microLEDs which are said to first find their way onto the Apple Watch. We suppose given the smaller nature of the Apple Watch’s display, producing panels for it would be easier than say the iPhone or maybe even the MacBook laptops.

There are benefits to using microLEDs which are said to be brighter and more power-efficient than regular OLEDs. They are also thinner which could lead to thinner and lighter devices, but apparently they are also more costly to manufacture which suggests that they could be limited to higher-end Apple products, at least for now.

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