According to reports, Apple is working with TSMC to develop the next generation of ultra-thin displays for AR devices

According to a report from Nikkei Asia, Apple is working with TSMC to develop an ultra-thin, energy-efficient micro OLED display for its upcoming augmented reality devices.

It said the R&D project was in the pilot production stage, with a focus on screens less than an inch in size, and there were still "several years" before commercialization. It is said that Apple is also developing MicroLED displays at the same Apple lab in Taiwan.

According to the Nikkei, the developed micro OLED display can be very thin and compact because it is built directly on the chip wafer, not directly on the glass like a traditional OLED or LCD screen.

Prior to the project announcement, there were reports that Apple was developing VR and AR headsets simultaneously. It may release its first VR headset (codenamed N301) as early as next year, and a pair of lighter AR glasses (codenamed N421) may come out in 2023.

According to reports, the N301 has two 8K displays and a cloth exterior structure to reduce its weight, and future headphones can eventually use this new panel technology to become thinner and lighter.

Apart from the research on micro OLED, Nikkei News also reports that Apple is also involved in research on MicroLED display technology in the same secret laboratory in Taiwan.

This self-illuminated panel that uses micro LEDs to remove traditional backlighting could eventually appear on devices like the Apple Watch, iPad, and MacBook. Samsung has sold a MicroLED TV called The Wall, even though the technology is far from mainstream or affordable.

Side note: Micro OLED and MicroLED differ from Mini-LED, which uses an array of LEDs as backlighting behind a traditional LCD screen.

TVs like TCL already provide Mini-LED technology on the TV. According to reports, Apple is also working hard to apply it to devices such as the iPad and MacBook in the near future.

According to the Nikkei, Apple's research and development efforts aim to reduce reliance on Samsung and other companies providing screens. For example, the iPhone 12's OLED screen is considered the second most expensive third-party component after its Qualcomm 5G modem.

The Nikkei points out that while Apple may eventually use this technology in its products, it can also use its own work to secure technology patents, giving them more control over this next-generation technology.

Apple is not the only company dedicated to developing this display technology. Sony Semiconductor Solutions has developed miniature OLED displays for AR and VR headsets, and partners from BOE, Yunnan North OLiGHTEK Optoelectronics Technology Co., and Kopin are also working on this technology. At the same time, Samsung, BOE and Sanan Optoelectronics are also working hard to commercialize MicroLED displays.

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According to reports, Apple is working with TSMC to develop the next generation of ultra-thin displays for AR devices According to reports, Apple is working with TSMC to develop the next generation of ultra-thin displays for AR devices Reviewed by Exan ndn on February 11, 2021 Rating: 5

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