Apple is gradually updating the display technology of its iPad and MacBook lineup. Recently, the company launched mini-LED display tech in 12.9-inch iPad Pro and 2021 MacBook Pro models. In addition, rumor mills claim that Apple is planning to launch OLED MacBook Pro and iPad models in the coming years. But Nikkie Asia says otherwise.
The publisher reports that the tech giant is taking the lead in the “third way” that has opened up in screen technology, micro-LED panels.
Because of OLED panels’ high manufacturing cost, Apple moves towards micro-LED display tech
Detailing the pros and cons of mini-LED and OLED display, the report states that Apple is exploring a third display tech option.
“In the long term, industry insiders expect the rise of even smaller micro-LEDs that measure under 100 microns and can express primary colors without the use of a filter. Apple has made an acquisition in micro-LEDs and is said to have an active development program in this field.”
The shift is based on high manufacturing costs and a shorter life span of the OLED display. Although Apple has equipped iPhone X and later models with OLED display, the iPad and MacBook are larger screens that users tend to use for demanding tasks for a longer time. On the other hand, mini-LED displays are cost-efficient and deliver image performance close to OLED screens.
Recently, The Elec reported that Apple’s plan to launch OLED MacBook in 2025 has been postponed because of cost issues. The tech giant wants to use a double emission layer structure in its OLED panels which will increase the manufacturing cost, significantly.
Therefore, the tech giant has chosen micro-LED as its next-generation display tech because it delivers better response time, contract, and energy efficiency. Its inorganic nature gives micro-LEDs a longer lifetime than OLEDs. It is claimed that Apple is planning to invest $330 million in a new Taiwanese factory at Hsinchu Science Park to manufacture MicroLED and Mini-LED displays for most of its future products.