For a while now we have been hearing rumors that Apple could be looking to develop their own microLED screens. However for the most part it has been suggested that these displays might not arrive anytime soon, but if a report from DigiTimes (via Cult of Mac) is to be believed, those screens could arrive as early as the second half of 2018.
The report claims that Apple is working with TSMC on the displays. For those unfamiliar, TSMC is more or less the main supplier for Apple’s A-series of chipsets, but this report is now claiming that TSMC’s involvement could be extended to displays as well. The previous reports have suggested that the microLEDs could be used for the Apple Watch, but the report is claiming that Apple plans to go bigger, and that it might even find its way onto Mac computers, although the larger displays won’t be expected so soon.
It is interesting to see Apple’s interest in microLEDs, especially given that it was only last year that the company launched their first OLED iPhone, although to be fair the Apple Watch has been using OLED screens for a while now. However there are advantages to using microLED, such as it being slimmer which could result in thinner and lighter devices.
They are also said to be less power-hungry which could help extend the life of wearables like the Apple Watch, and are also brighter. However the downside is that microLEDs are said to be much more expensive to produce than OLEDs, which means that if the rumors are true about Apple adopting the technology, be prepared to see future Apple products priced higher.