MicroLED is one of the most promising display techs today. It promises the benefits of OLED with deep blacks and great contrast but with better power efficiency, higher brightness output and most importantly its pixels won’t degrade over time. It’s still rare to see microLED outside of some fancy Samsung and LG TVs but a new report from Bloomberg suggests Apple is looking to design its own custom microLED displays to use in its Apple Watch first and later on its iPhone and other products.
Apple will not be manufacturing these displays and will still rely on the likes of Samsung and LG for the actual panels but the designs will be custom tailored to Apple’s exact specifications. The move would be similar to what Apple did with its mobile and desktop chipsets where it relies on TSMC to manufacture the chips but the design process is carried out by Apple. Recent rumors expect Apple to make the jump to microLED in 2024 on its Apple Watch Ultra though the new Bloomberg report suggests the move may be pushed to 2025.