A new report in the DigiTimes suggests that Foxconn, the manufacture behind the iPhone, is ramping up their investments in MicroLED technology. While it is likely another few years before we see MicroLED displays on an iPhone, it is clear that Foxconn believes it is the path forward when it comes to display technology manufacturing.
For their part, Apple is believed to be considering MicroLED displays for their future iPhone models. It is the next logical step after OLED which is what is on the iPhone XS lineup currently. MicroLED displays are thinner, are brighter, and are more energy efficient than today’s OLED displays. Further, because these displays would have inorganic materials, they should last longer than the organic displays of today.
For those that don’t know, the “O” in OLED stands for Organic.
The investment into MicroLED display technology and manufacturing equipment reportedly spans across three subsidiaries of Foxconn.
Foxconn has had three of its subsidiaries – Advanced Optoelectronic Technology (AOT), Epileds Technologies, and Marketech International – develop and build up their capacities related to the production of micro LED chips and production equipment, said the report.Digitimes
It is likely that it will be several years before we see a MicroLED iPhone hit the market. This investment by Foxconn is the long play for the company and there are still advancements that can be made on OLED technology. But Apple has shown an interest in this technology since 2014 and it is only a matter of time when they along with other phone manufactures make the switch.