Apple’s investment in microLED aims to make iPhone less power-consuming

The new display tech will debut with small screen devices in two year’s time.

Every manufacturer tries to make its devices to last longer, but this is a hard task given the limited space for the battery in the trendy and very thin smartphones. And while the battery tech has not improved much in the past 10 years, the display manufacturers try to compensate with less power-hungry panels. OLED, used for most of the premium smartphones today, has a clear advantage in power consumption over LCD, but soon a new technology could become dominant.

MicroLED, a fairly new tech, in which Apple invested millions, may be used for premium products, starting with small screen devices like Apple Watch. Apple currently has a small research center in California, where the company tests and develops its own microLED displays. These screen panels would lead to thinner, brighter and less power-consuming electronic devices, but the tech is its early stages, and it’s is significantly more expensive than OLED. MicroLED, mLED or µLED is made of microscopic LEDs forming the pixels. They have longer life, and produces up to 30 times higher brightness. 

Eventually, microLED may completely replace Samsung’s OLED panels which Apple currently uses for iPhone. According to Luke Lin from DigiTimes, Apple may be ready to start mass production of small-size panels (up to 1.4-inch), and offer products with microLED panels by 2019. Large-screen mLED panels would require additional time, and according to analysts, they won’t be ready for iPhone and iPad before 2021. The company is expected to buy OLED panels for iPhone X Plus from LG

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