30 January 2023
In recent times, we have heard reports of Apple working actively to reduce its reliance on third-party component supplies by ramping up in-house production. Custom-made microLED display is part of the same goal where it is said to debut on the Apple Watch Ultra. Mark Gurman of Bloomberg has now claimed Apple plans to expand microLED display to iPhones, iPads, and Macs after the launch of the smartwatch.
Gurman made the claim in the latest edition of his weekly newsletter Power On. He says Apple has been working and developing the microLED display technology for the past six years. The project was codenamed T159 and now appears to be ready for a prime-time release. The Apple Watch Ultra featuring a microLED display is expected to launch in 2024.
microLED display panels are said to deliver high resolution, color contrast, viewing angles, and brightness. It will replace OLED panels available on devices for now which is the mainstream solution for premium devices. It will also reduce the company's dependency on suppliers like LG and Samsung.
Apple's plans for in-house production of components are not limited to display panels. It is reported to be working on an all-in-one chip with WiFi, Bluetooth, and cellular connectivity. Its first version set for the 2025 release will not have cellular compatibility as it will be added in the second iteration later. The team is further working on the 5G modem which is now expected to debut in 2024 instead of the previously rumored 2023 release.