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Apple is apparently designing and preparing to manufacture its own range of MicroLED screens at a secret facility in California. They are also expected to offer superior contrast and response times, which could enable deep blacks, bright whites, and smoother animations in Apple's smallest devices. Since the MicroLED displays are more hard to produce than OLEDs, Apple has even taken into consideration killing the project altogether a year ago. According to the report, Apple develops MicroLED display technology at a secret plant in Santa Clara.

Shares in Asian display makers initially slid on the news on Monday but later pared losses.

Apple now uses screens manufactured by companies including Samsung Electronics, Japan Display, Sharp, and LG Display. LG Displays makes Apple Watch screens at present. The iPhone X which is Apple's first OLED phone uses Samsung display units.




Bloomberg reckons the presence of MicroLED screens in Apple devices is still a few years away, but when the technology arrives it will make its debut in the Apple Watch. Apple reportedly considered shutting down the project (known internally as T159) a year ago. Apple inherited the intellectual property for that process when it purchased startup LuxVue in 2014. Japan Display, Sharp Corp., and Samsung all dropped due to their association with Apple. This news has stirred quite a storm in the Display Market leaving Samsung, LG to companies like Synaptics quite anxious.

But Apple isn't the only company working on MicroLED. Separately, there were reports that the company is using its R&D center in Taiwan for the MicroLED display technology. If it is successful in producing MicroLED screens, some of its suppliers will miss important business opportunities. According to Bloomberg, several of these suppliers suffered in the Asian markets after Apple's development plans were reported. Executives recently permitted continued development overcoming 2 years, with an aim of installing MicroLED screens in products. Each has three sub-pixels: red, green and blue LEDs.

Engineers at the facility are also assembling prototype MicroLED screens, right down to attaching the screen to the glass. Three hundred engineers are now working on the project in a 62,000-square-foot space.

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