Apple is developing its own device display, which is the first for the company in a secret manufacturing facility in Santa Clara, California. A report by Bloomberg indicates that the tech giant is making a significant investment in the development of MicroLED screens in an effort to replace OLED displays from Samsung in its future devices.
According to the report, these MicroLED screens use different light-emitting compounds to make the devices brighter, thinner and less power-hungry than the current OLED displays.
Developing these displays isn’t an easy job though. The company made its first Apple Watch MicroLED prototype last year. However, things have likely improved recently, with the engineer’s progress in making and the technology being in the advanced stage.
The secret facility in California features about 300 engineers working on the screens.
“The 62,000-square-foot manufacturing facility, the first of its kind for Apple, is located on an otherwise unremarkable street in Santa Clara, California, a 15-minute drive from the Apple Park campus in Cupertino and near a few other unmarked Apple offices. There, about 300 engineers are designing and producing MicroLED screens for use in future products. The facility also has a special area for the intricate process of “growing” LEDs,” reports Bloomberg.
Albeit this is a great news for the Apple users, it could create trouble for the display manufacturers such as Samsung, Sharp, LG, and Japan Display, companies responsible for developing screen panels for Apple devices.