According to a rumor that appeared today, Apple Watch will not mount microLED screens for up to three or four years. This has been communicated by the president of a manufacturer of LED panels.
The truth is that it is very strange. We have been listening to Kuo for a long time saying that this year we will see the first Apple devices with screens mini-LEDSo it seems very strange to me that they cannot be incorporated into watches for three years. It is true that they will be microLED, a new technology even more advanced than the mini-LED that we will see soon in the next Apple devices.
There were rumors that the upcoming Apple Watch Series 6 would mount a new microLED display. Well, Mr. Lee Biing-Jye, CEO of Epistar has loaded this rumor with a stroke of the pen. In his last conference he dropped that the Apple Watch will adapt screens with microLED technology in three or four years.
In theory we will have to listen to him, since Biing-jye is also president of the most important company in terms of LED panel manufacturing in Taiwan, in charge of manufacturing MicroLED screens specifically for future Apple devices.
It seems that Apple to invest $ 330 million in Taiwanese MicroLED factory to make screens for future iPhones, iPads, MacBooks and other devices. MicroLEDs of 20-50 microns in size are too small for PCB boards that support minimum sizes of 50-100 microns, and therefore must be mounted on glass plates.
Most likely, the Taiwanese LCD panel manufacturer AU Optronics supplies the glass plates for the displays, while Epistar is now dedicated to improving the performance rates of its microLED panels and reducing the cost for mass production.
There are several advantages of MicroLED displays over LCD and OLED displays, as are thinner and more energy efficient. For example, the power consumption of MicroLED displays is only one-tenth that of LCD displays, and the color saturation is close to OLED.
In addition, MicroLED can support higher brightness, higher dynamic range and wider color gamut, while also achieving a faster refresh rate, a wider viewing angle and lower power consumption. All are advantages. Now the problem is being able to manufacture them by hand.