Apple is now designing and making its own screens for the first time reports Bloomberg. The displays are being manufactured in a “secret” facility close to their California headquarters.
Bloomberg says Apple is making a huge interest in the improvement of cutting edge MicroLED screens. MicroLED screens utilise diverse light-emitting compounds than the present OLED screens and guarantee to make future devices slimmer, brighter and power efficient.
The screens are much harder to deliver than OLED shows, and the iPhone maker nearly executed the task sometime over the course of the previous year according to sources. They now say they believe that the technology has now reached an advanced stage of development and would soon be a reality if it all goes well. But as with such innovations, we (consumers) might have to wait a bit longer to lay hands on it.
Apple like other smartphone makers rely on third party manufacturers to successfully make a phone and by gradually investing in screens and bringing it in-house, there is the cost advantage and then there is the control of information on how they use technology. Apple was also reportedly considering making its own batteries in the United States too.
But maybe there is something else to it, Apple has agreed to pay back some taxes to the American government while bringing most of its over $280b cash home following the Republican tax break to corporations in America. By saving billions of dollars, they are now able to invest in making their products in the US which is what the government has always wanted.
The news of Apple considering this of course has rattled display makers as you can understand. Bloomberg says Display makers in Asia fell after Bloomberg News reported the plans. Japan Display dropped as much as 4.4 percent, Sharp tumbled as much as 3.3 percent and Samsung slid 1.4 percent.
This potentially means that Apple will now control the display market in many ways as it still remains a top smartphone maker ion the world. According to an IDC report, Apple finished second for the full year in 2017 shipping 215.8 million units, up 0.2% from the 215.4 million units shipped in 2016 while Samsung finished the year with 317.7 million shipments, up 2.0% from the 311.4 million shipments in 2016.
The initiative code-named T159, is managed by Lynn Youngs, an Apple veteran who created touch screens for the first iPhone and iPad and now administers iPhone and Apple Watch screen innovation.
The 62,000-square-foot facility, the first of its kind for Apple, is situated on a road in Santa Clara, California, a 15-minute drive from the Apple Park in Cupertino and close to a couple of other unmarked Apple workplaces. There, around 300 specialists are planning and delivering MicroLED screens for use in future items. The office additionally has an extraordinary territory for the many-sided procedure of “developing” LEDs.