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Apple reportedly investing in new plant to make Mini-LED and Micro-LED displays

By Cookie Monster - on 12 May 2020, 12:00am

Apple reportedly investing in new plant to make Mini-LED and Micro-LED displays

Apple is said to be launching an iPad Pro with Mini-LED display early next year.

Apple is accelerating its plans to make Mini-LED and Micro-LED displays. 

According to Focus Taiwan, sources claim that Apple is planning to build a new plant in northern Taiwan and its investment application has been approved. The investment is reportedly about US$334 million with the initial phase focusing on R&D and production of the next-generation monitor technologies. 

The sources added that Apple is currently developing low-temperature poly-silicon displays, metal-oxide-semiconductor screens and quantum film image sensors in Taiwan. Apple is also said to be working with Epistar and AU Optronics in monitor development to reduce its reliance on Japanese and South Korean suppliers.

The iPhone maker has been rumoured to be working on Mini-LED and Micro-LED display technologies for many years. Bloomberg reported in 2018 that Apple is developing its own Micro-LED displays at a secret facility near its California headquarters. It is believed to be collaborating with PlayNitride in the Micro-LED market. 

The first Apple product to use Micro-LED display could be the Apple Watch Series 6. As for Mini-LED, Apple was initially expected to launch as many as six products with that display technology. However, the Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted the supply chain and production plans. Apple's first Mini-LED product may not launch until early 2021 according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Source: Focus Taiwan, Economic Daily News via MacRumours