Apple rumored to move to microLED displays for its wearables

08 June 2017
microLEDs are brighter, more power efficient than OLED (while having the same infinite contrast).

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  • Ofir

seriously though, what's the catch?

  • Zahin

Anonymous, 08 Jun 2017Sounds pretty good. The three main disadvantages of OLED are - ... moreDim? Are you blind? I never need to turn the brightness over 50% in my note 4.

  • Surficial

xvi, 09 Jun 2017"I think LCDs generally have lower input lag. OLEDs can get down... moreDidn't know that. The demands of VR are pushing display tech to the extremes, which everyone will benefit from in the end. In that case only seems to be poorer longevity/burn in for OLEDs, but it's easily enough for phone lifespans now.

Polius, 08 Jun 2017Introducing retina microLED. Innovation....since 2010.yeah , yeah ... we all know android already have that feature 10 years ago ... apple late...

  • Anonymous

Surficial, 08 Jun 2017I think LCDs generally have lower input lag. OLEDs can get down ... moreIt may be the tech to replace oled. I read it's just too expensive atm to mass manufacture, once they get it right we may see it on phones.

  • xvi

Surficial, 08 Jun 2017I think LCDs generally have lower input lag. OLEDs can get down ... more"I think LCDs generally have lower input lag. OLEDs can get down to 20ms so far, but many LCDs have just 1ms. Microled lcds sound perfect for vr."

Wrong. It is the processing/scaler that is holding current OLED TV's/monitors back. OLED tech itself can easily get to sub 1ms, and this is part of the reason it is so popular in VR headsets currently.

  • Screens Maniac

They should move forward and release iPhone with microLED display fast as it can.

  • AnonD-664474

Genza, 08 Jun 2017As far as I know from all major/well known manufacturers only So... moreIt's gonna be more expensive than IPS, but not as much as OLED, 'cause manufacturing microLEDs are far less complex than making an OLED.

The technology is just still exclusive for Sony, which is why it costs much. But when Apple and other manufacturers get them, Sony can reduce down its price within no time.

As far as I know from all major/well known manufacturers only Sony that has been able to make a microLED display and if you're rich enough you can already buy it right now.
But I'm sure the microLED display is still quite expensive to produce or even difficult to mass-produce because otherwise Sony would have offered it to Apple.

  • AnonD-664474

Once Apple do this, they finally be able to beat Samsung at their own game.

Crystal LED is seriously way better than OLED - cheaper, more efficient, no trade-offs.

  • AnonD-664474

AnonD-39937, 08 Jun 2017Ok , it has the blacks of the OLED, the high luminance and no bu... moreTotally nothing.
Blacks of OLED, whites of IPS.
Even lower power consumption than OLED or IPS.
And free aspect ratio, means can do an ala-LG second screen without light bleeding.

And as its name suggests, the pixels are micrometer in size, means it's harder to see the individual pixels, which is perfect for VR.

Only thing to know yet is if it's capable of DayDream VR, and if it does, literally this will be the true perfect display technology of this millenium.

  • AnonD-39937

https://www.sony.co.uk/pro/products/solutions-cl­edis-display-technology
Sony did it for TVs.

  • AnonD-39937

Anonymous, 08 Jun 2017I never understood why phone manufacturers use AMOLED in phones ... moreLED screens are LCD basically, so they both have a long life span...AMOLED/OLED are used because they look stunning with their pure blacks and punchy colours like no other.

  • AnonD-39937

Ok , it has the blacks of the OLED, the high luminance and no burn-out of LCD, but what's the trade-off? No technology is perfect, it must be something except price, let's say it won't have the colours of the OLED right?

  • AnonD-664474

Sony already has this.
It's called Crystal LED Integrated Structure or CLEDIS.
Would be unfair because they were one of the pioneers of this technology.

  • Anonymous

another smack on the head for apple

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 08 Jun 2017You have obviously never used an amoled display , can never go b... moreYou obviously know nothing about LED tech. Today, the regular LEDs used in flashlights for example the Cree XHP70.2 are capable to emit thousads of lumens (4300 lumen) with little power usage (29 Watts).

  • Surficial

Anonymous, 08 Jun 2017Sounds pretty good. The three main disadvantages of OLED are - ... moreI think LCDs generally have lower input lag. OLEDs can get down to 20ms so far, but many LCDs have just 1ms.
Microled lcds sound perfect for vr.

  • Force Majeure

Maybe E ink is next for Apple. That would be something, wouldn't it? (;

  • Anonymous

Sounds pretty good. The three main disadvantages of OLED are
- dim
- image retention
- expensive
And if microLED solved those, it would be one step further to the ultimate Display technology (LCD has bad viewing angles and light bleeding)