Apple in talks with another supplier over futuristic MicroLED displays

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Apple is reportedly in talks with another supplier as it works to bring MicroLED displays to future devices.

Taiwan’s PlayNitride has gained approval to invest $17.1 million in a new MicroLED production facility in the Hsinchu Science Park — and it seems Apple could be one of its first customers.

Apple has already joined forces with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to bring us MicroLED displays, according to a recent report. It’s thought the company is aiming to introduce its first panels later this year. But it may well need more than one supplier to meet demand.

“Industry sources” are now claiming that PlayNitride could be next to join the supply chain.

Apple could deliver MicroLED displays this year

“PlayNitride will produce micro LEDs, display modules and panels” at its Hsinchu facility, reports Digitimes. “Apple reportedly is preliminary talks with PlayNitride over cooperation in the micro LED segment, according to industry sources.”

PlayNitride is already working with Samsung to produce MicroLED panels for its latest lineup of flagship TVs, the sources add. Samsung is said to have invested in the company to “reinforce” its partnership and ensure a stable future.

The sources don’t offer any other information, but given that these are believed to be preliminary talks, it’s unlikely there’s much to report for now.

MicroLED displays are perfect for mobile devices like Apple Watch and iPhone because they’re power-efficient, brighter than traditional OLED displays, and almost immune from burn-in. Apple finally gave in and gave us an OLED display for the iPhone X last year, but it always seemed as though the company was holding out for something better as it continued to push LCD panels.