It is reported that Apple is going to upgrade the high-end Apple Watch Ultra with a microLED display in the coming years. Updating on the launch time of the new Apple Watch Ultra with microLED, display analyst Ross Young claims that it is pushed to the second half of 2025.
Currently, Apple used OLED display tech in all of its smartwatch models. Although OLED and micro-LED displays are self-emissive and deliver superior image quality than LCD, microLED tech is slightly better.
MicroLED tech uses inorganic emitters which are more stable than organic emitters used in OLED uses which could degrade over time and deliver higher brightness, dynamic range, and wider color gamut while achieving a faster update rate, wider viewing angle, and lower power consumption.
2025 Apple Watch Ultra might launch with an in-house microLED display tech
Refuting an earlier report that Apple Watch Ultra with microLED tech would debut in 2024, Young previously said that it would go into mass production at the end of 2024 for the Spring 2025 launch.
Now Young’s latest report states that the new smartwatch has been pushed to the second half of 2025. However, he did not provide any reasons for the delay.
In January this year, it was also reported that Apple was developing in-house microLED displays for its highest-end smartwatch to reduce reliance on suppliers and cut operational costs.
Allegedly, Wei Chen is heading the company’s display technology group within Johny Srouji’s Hardware Technologies division and has begun testing microLED displays for the next-generation Apple Watch Ultra. It is likely that the 2025 Apple Watch Ultra would use Apple’s custom microLED screen.
As the more significant upgrade to the highest-end Apple Watch will be debuting in 2025, it is speculated that the 2023 model will feature modest improvements like faster processors and health sensors.