Apple's custom microLED displays are likely coming to the iPhone, iPad, and Mac after the Apple Watch Ultra

  • 16-January-2023

Mark Gurman of Bloomberg says that after the technology debuts in a new version of the Apple Watch Ultra, which is scheduled to launch by the end of 2024, Apple is likely going to bring custom microLED displays to the iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

According to Gurman's most recent Power On newsletter, Apple has spent approximately six years developing microLED technology for the display that will be the company's first custom-designed display, mirroring its work on Apple silicon. Gurman stated earlier this week that Apple intends to introduce the display technology in 2024 with a new Apple Watch Ultra.

Around 2017, Apple's microLED project, codenamed T159, is said to have begun. The display is intended to replace components currently supplied by Samsung and LG and offer improved brightness, color reproduction, and viewing angles, making images appear more "painted" atop the display glass.

Gurman anticipates that Apple's custom microLED displays will eventually make their way to the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, possibly even later than 2024, when the Apple Watch Ultra makes its debut. He believes that Apple's long-term goal is to include microLED displays in all of its key products. However, due to the technology's early complexity, it could be a decade before they appear in the Mac. In comparison, Gurman mentioned that OLED displays have been available on the iPhone for more than six years by the time they are expected to be available on the iPad.

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