Apple invested $ 330 million in a factory in Taiwan, where developing MicroLED displays was a top priority
6 hours ago
Apple is said to be investing $ 330 million into a factory in Taiwan to produce both LED and MicroLED screens for iPhones, iPads, MacBooks and other devices in the future.
According to Taiwanese sourcing service provider (CENS), Apple is partnering with a new factory with LED lighting manufacturer Epostar and LCD panel manufacturer AU Optronics.
“Apple is cooperating with the new factory with Epistar, Taiwan’s leading LED manufacturer and Taiwan LCD manufacturer, AU Optronics. The new plant will be located at the Longtan branch of Hsinchu Science Park and Apple’s total investment is estimated at NT $ 10 billion (US $ 334 million).
The new plant will be an extension of Apple’s operations in the region and the company says it has sent a development team to Taiwan to work on the project. Apple has long been expected to use MiniLED and MicroLED displays on a range of products, including the 2020 Apple Watch, and the upcoming 16-inch MacBook Pro in the future. ”
The report highlights the advantages of MiniLED and MicroLED displays over LCD and OLED screens, including being thinner and more energy-efficient. For example, the energy consumption of MicroLED monitors is only 1/10 of that of LCDs and color saturation is close to that of OLED screens.
According to the report, due to the difficulties associated with developing MicroLED technology, the original MiniLED display designs will lie somewhere between LED and MicroLED technology. However, Apple still sees MicroLED technology as a “top priority”.
According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple has six products that use MiniLED displays expected to launch in 2020 and 2021. These include the high-end 12.9-inch iPad Pro, due for release in the fall of 2020, 27-inch iMac Pro, .1MacBook Pro 14.1-inch, MacBook Pro 16-inch, iPad 10.2-inch and iPad Mini 7.9-inch.
Kuo did not mention the launch date of other devices except the iMac Pro (expected to be released in Q42020), and the 7.9-inch iPad Mini (expected to be released by the end of 2020). .
Apple has also been testing Apple Watch with MicroLED displays since 2017. While rumors suggested that Apple Watch with MicroLED displays could be launched in 2020. However, the leaker @ L0vetodream recently “bounced off a ladle.” cold water ”on the rumors, the leaker said that the Apple Watch Series 6 will use the same OLED display as previous models.
Do you want to use a MicroLED iPhone screen?
See also: Apple may launch another iPad Pro version this year, with a 12.9-inch mini-LED screen
Not satisfied with the article