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Apple in MicroLED screen talks with second manufacturer, report claims

Following on from rumours that Apple is thinking about using the futuristic MicroLED display technology in its upcoming smartwatches and phones, the company is said to be in talks with a second manufacturer to produce the displays themselves. 

The rumours, courtesy of DigiTimes, say that Apple is currently talking to PlayNitride to manufacture the screens. TSMC was the company pegged to produce the screens in the original report, and currently produces Apple’s iPad and iPhone A-series processors.

For its part, PlayNitride will apparently be investing $17.1m in a new facility designed to manufacture the screens.

Related: MicroLED: Everything you need to know

MicroLED can’t come soon enough

Interest in MicroLED has skyrocketed since Samsung unveiled the first TV using the technology back at CES 2018. ‘The Wall’ — as the company named it — will apparently be available later this year, making it the first commercially available MicroLED product.

It’s unlikely that many people will have enough money or space for The Wall, but Apple’s interest has the potential to supercharge adoption and get it into millions of devices, rather than a couple of hundred ultra-premium TVs.

If MicroLED is able to reach the mainstream, then the world might finally get the kind of image quality that’s been long-promised by OLED at a price that might actually be able to one day reach affordable levels.

Do you think MicroLED has the potential to replace OLED as the industry’s choice of premium display? Let us know @TrustedReviews.

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