20 January 2023
Apple is reported to be working on developing its own custom display panels for iPhones and Apple Watch. Mark Gurman of Bloomberg has claimed the decision is meant to reduce its dependency on third-party suppliers. The Cupertino-based tech giant has relied on the likes of Samsung, LG, and BOE for procuring components.
This is not a fresh move as Apple is said to be working on research and development for the past five years. These custom display panels are expected to appear on devices as soon as the next year. The report adds that the high-end Apple Watch model will be the first device to receive the newly made display. The Apple Watch Ultra currently has an OLED panel which is expected to be replaced by a microLED display next year.
There are plans to bring custom displays to iPhone models but it will happen later. It is important to note that these displays will still be produced by third-party partners but these will be produced as per Apple's specifications and design. As mentioned above, we can expect to see Apple's custom display make its first appearance sometime in 2024.
Apple is also working on custom chipsets for future devices starting in 2024. There will be an all-in-one chip featuring Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity and then it will be followed by a chip with cellular connectivity. It also has a custom 5G modem under development for future offerings.