Apple meets with cutting-edge display makers to talk MicroLED

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MicroLED displays could be coming to Apple devices sooner rather than later.
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Apple representatives reportedly visited Taipei this week to attend the Touch Taiwan display industry convention.

During the event, Apple is said to have held private meetings with two Taiwanese display makers to discuss their MicroLED and MiniLED technologies, both of which could be used in future devices.

Apple’s micro LED display research hits a bump in the road

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Despite its recent switch to Super Retina, Apple is continuing to explore new types of display.
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Apple is reportedly downsizing the R&D team that it currently has developing micro LED display products in Taiwan, due to production issues.

A previous report from earlier this year said that Apple was producing a small number of trial micro LED screens during the second half of 2017 to evaluate whether or not these might be a good fit for future devices.

Turns out they may not be!

Apple is already testing micro LED displays for the future

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Apple's busy investigating future display technologies.
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2017’s iPhone 8 will be the first iPhone to boast an OLED display, but Apple’s not stopping it research into future display technologies.

According to a new report, Apple will be producing a small number of trial micro LED screens in the second half of 2017 at a factory in Taoyuan, Taiwan. While this isn’t the kind of production volume necessary for a product, it will give Apple the ability to evaluate whether or not these would be a good fit for future devices.