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LG Building Small Production Line to Make microLED Backplanes for Apple Watch [Report]

LG Building Small Production Line to Make microLED Backplanes for Apple Watch [Report]

Posted January 13, 2023 at 4:44pm by iClarified · 2369 views
LG is building a small production line that will build backplanes for an upcoming microLED Apple Watch, according to a new report from Ross Young, CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC).

We published in our November Capex Report that LGD is building a small line for microLED backplanes for the Apple Watch. It doesn't start production till 2H'24. It is this small line that will likely assemble microLEDs from Apple for '25 launch. Apple won't do the full process.

This follows a recent report from Bloomberg that Apple is developing on its own microLED technology for Apple Watch and eventually iPhone. The site believes that the Apple Watch Ultra will be the first device to get a microLED display with a target of 2024, noting that could slip to 2025.

Apple initially aimed to include the technology in large displays, but those concerns led it to focus instead on its watch — whose screens measure about 2 inches — as its first mobile device with the capabilities.

Currently, the Apple Watch Ultra features an Always-On Retina LTPO OLED display with up to 2000 nits brightness. You can purchase the flagship model for $779.99 on Amazon.

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LG Building Small Production Line to Make microLED Backplanes for Apple Watch [Report]
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