Yesterday we heard that Apple are working on MicroLED displays for the Apple Watch an future iPhones. The company is said to be working on the technology at a manufacturing facility near their California headquarters.
Now it has been revealed that Apple has filed more than 30 patents from MicroLED technology. According to a recent report Apple has filed these patents in South Korea over the last ten years through a company called LuxVue technology.
Apple has actually filed for a total of 11 patents directly and LuxVue Technology has filed 23 patents over the last 10 years. LuxVue is a company that was acquired by Apple in 2014 and they are more than likely working on developing the technology with Apple at the moment.
It is interesting that Apple has filed all of these patents in South Korea, which is the home of Samsung who are the largest makers of OLED displays. They are also Apple’s largest display supplier for the iPhone. We heard yesterday that if Apple does switch to its own MicroLED displays then it could end up costing Samsung billions.
Apple will launch three new iPhone X models this year, one will come with an LCD display and the other two with OLED displays. It could be a few years before we see this new microLED technology in Apple’s iPhones, the company is expected to use it in the Apple Watch first.
Source Korea Herald