Apple is reportedly developing its own MicroLED panels for use in products such as the iPhone and Apple Watch.
As per Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the new screens are likely to appear on smartphones next year, after around five years of planning and development, The Verge reports.
The tech giant now employs displays designed and made by a variety of vendors. For instance, according to reports, Samsung, LG, and BOE produce the OLED screens for the iPhone 14 variants.
Gurman said that the Apple Watch is anticipated to receive the company’s MicroLED panels first, replacing the OLED ones it now has.
The company is reportedly aiming to add MicroLED technology to its Watch Ultra with a bigger display next year, according to a report from earlier this month.
In a note to investors, Haitong International Securities analyst Jeff Pu stated that the 2024 Watch Ultra would have a MicroLED display rather than an OLED and predicted that Apple Watch sales will decline in 2023 owing to a “lack of significant spec upgrade.”