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Gurman – Apple Planning Micro-LED For All Devices Via Gradual Implementation

Those intent on analyzing Apple's portfolio in-depth have probably noted that the company utilizes many different panels. Current devices, including the iPhone SE and most iPads, rely on standard LC displays – whilst the Apple Watch and other iPhones come equipped with OLED. Select products even receive mini-LED. In the future, the company hopes to focus on another display technology – micro-LED, which possesses the advantages of both OLED and mini-LED. According to Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman – Apple will need to take its sweet time with the transition.

Micro-LED For All Devices
The leaker expressed his insider knowledge of Apple's plans in the latest edition of his "Power On" newsletter. The company has already spent 6 years working on developing a panel with micro-LED technology. Recently, the journalist predicted that the Apple Watch would be the first device to introduce the new display: By the end of 2024, Cupertino should release a series that no longer relies on OLED, coming equipped with micro-LED instead. The new screens would be an in-house production. As Gurman now explains, Cupertino's plans are certainly ambitious, as the entire range of Apple products should eventually come equipped with in-house versions of the display technology. In addition to the Apple Watch, the iPhone conglomerate should also gift the iPhone, iPad, and the Mac the same display makeover.

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A Long Transition Planned
Gurman predicts that the iPhone will be the next to receive the micro-LED treatment after the Apple Watch Ultra and before Cupertino's tablets and traditional computers. However, the leaker still recalls the transition to OLED – already used for quite a while in the iPhone, whilst the iPad has yet to receive such a panel and won't follow suit until 2024. It could take a decade until a Mac with micro-LED is ready for the market. The technology solves many of the disadvantages of LC and OLED displays but is currently too expensive for mass production per current manufacturing processes.

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