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Next Apple Watch Could Feature More Power Efficient OLED Display

Tuesday April 9, 2024 5:23 am PDT by
Apple plans to use new low-energy OLED panel technology in the next Apple Watch to further reduce the power consumption of its always-on display, claims a new report out of Korea. According to The Elec, Apple will adopt new low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) thin-film transistor (TFT) technology for its upcoming Apple Watch, which is scheduled to be released in the second half of...
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iPhone 16 Rumored to Feature Even Thinner Bezels

Thursday April 4, 2024 5:06 am PDT by
Some iPhone 16 models will feature thinner bezels thanks to Border Reduction Structure (BRS) technology, The Elec reports. BRS technology allows for a more compact and efficient layout of the screen's underlying circuitry, enabling slimmer bezels without compromising on the display's performance or the device's overall form factor. This requires precise and advanced manufacturing techniques, ...
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iPad Air Next on Apple's OLED Tablet Roadmap Following iPad Pro

Friday March 15, 2024 3:30 am PDT by
The iPad Air will be the next Apple tablet to adopt OLED display panel technology following its upcoming OLED iPad Pro models, according to an updated forecast from research firm Omdia (via The Elec). "In 2028, we expect the iPad Air to go OLED as well, with the iPad Air using single-stack and the iPad Pro using two-stack tandem OLEDs," said Omdia researcher Kang Min-soo, speaking on...
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iPhone 17 and iPhone 17 Plus to Feature ProMotion Always-On Displays

Tuesday February 27, 2024 12:13 am PST by
Next year's iPhone 17 and iPhone 17 Plus will adopt OLED displays with low-power backplane technology, bringing ProMotion to Apple's standard iPhone models for the first time. The current iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus use low-temperature polycrystalline silicon (LTPS) panels, while Apple's iPhone 15 Pro models use more advanced low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) panels. LTPO panels...
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11-Inch and 13-Inch OLED iPad Pro Displays Made by Different Suppliers

Friday February 23, 2024 2:18 am PST by
Apple is relying on different OLED display suppliers for the upcoming 11-inch and 13-inch iPad Pro models, with Samsung exclusively producing 11-inch panels and LG making the 13-inch panels. According to The Elec, Samsung has cemented its position as the sole supplier of the initial quantity of OLED displays for the 11-inch model, or the first batch to be mass produced for the launch of the ...
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Samsung to Join OLED MacBook Push in 2027

Thursday February 15, 2024 4:05 am PST by
Samsung is preparing to join Apple's OLED display supply chain for future MacBook models, Korea's The Elec reports. Apple's plans to switch the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air from mini-LED and LCD display technology to OLED have been widely rumored for several years. The latest report explains that Samsung is currently assembling an eighth-generation OLED panel production line focused on...
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MicroLED Apple Watch Ultra May Be Delayed Due to Supply Chain Issues

Tuesday February 6, 2024 1:19 am PST by
Apple is widely expected to bring a microLED display to the Apple Watch Ultra, but a new report out of Korea suggests the company may not have the supply chain configured early enough to launch the device by 2026. Throughout last year, Taiwanese research firm TrendForce predicted a 2026 launch timeframe for the device. That's later than several other sources, which have centered on 2025....
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Apple to Launch Foldable As Early As 2026 That Could Ultimately Replace iPad Mini

Thursday February 1, 2024 11:26 pm PST by
Apple is considering launching its first foldable in the next few years in the form of a 7- to 8-inch device that could ultimately replace the 8.3-inch iPad mini. That's the latest claim to come out of Korean outlet The Elec. According to the report, Apple is reviewing a launch timeframe for the device between 2026 and 2027. However, Apple is also actively developing an OLED iPad mini, so ...
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OLED iPad Pro Displays Now in Production, Devices to Ship in April

Monday January 15, 2024 11:01 pm PST by
OLED displays for both of Apple's next-generation iPad Pro models will have entered the production phase by this week in time for device shipments to begin in April, claims a new report by The Elec. According to the Korean-language outlet, LG Display recently began manufacturing the thin film transistor (TFT) for the new 13-inch iPad Pro displays, while Samsung will this week similarly...
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'All-Screen' iPhone Under-Display Camera Enters Development

Wednesday December 6, 2023 1:03 am PST by
Apple's Korean suppliers have begun developing smartphone under-display cameras (UDC), paving the way for the first iPhone with a true "all-screen" appearance. According to The Elec, LG Innotek has entered the preliminary development of the UDC, which sits under the display and does not result in a visible hole in the panel when the camera is not in use. A UDC differs from a typical front ...
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Both iPhone 16 Pro Models to Feature Tetraprism Zoom Lens

Friday December 1, 2023 3:26 am PST by
Apple is expected to bring tetraprism camera technology to both iPhone 16 Pro models next year, enabling at least 5x optical zoom and 25x digital zoom on the Telephoto lens. According to a new report by The Elec, Apple will add LG Innotek as another supplier of the folded zoom module used in the technology, in an attempt to secure production yields for the increased number of units...
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iPhone 16 May Feature More Power-Efficient Samsung OLED Display

Tuesday November 14, 2023 4:23 am PST by
Next year's iPhone 16 could feature a more power-efficient display thanks to a new OLED material set that is reportedly being developed by Samsung specifically for Apple. A material set includes a variety of components for OLED screens, such as capping layers (CPL), which adjust the optical characteristics of the screen. Each component is produced by a specialist manufacturer and supplied to ...
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OLED iPad and MacBook Rumored to Feature Specialized Display Materials

Tuesday October 24, 2023 5:06 am PDT by
Future iPad Pro and MacBook models equipped with OLED panels will adopt new, specialized display materials, The Elec reports. Apple has apparently collaborated with LG Display to integrate new OLED material sets in some of its future devices, including forthcoming ‌iPad Pro‌ and MacBook models. LG's "RDE" OLED material set will apparently be used in the upcoming 11- and 13-inch ‌iPad Pro‌...
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iPhone 16 OLED Panels May Use Micro-Lens Technology to Increase Brightness/Power Efficiency

Friday September 1, 2023 12:57 am PDT by
Apple is weighing up the use of micro-lens technology to maintain or increase the brightness of OLED displays on next year's iPhone 16 models while potentially reducing their power consumption, reports The Elec. According to the Korean outlet, Apple display suppliers Samsung and LG have offered to apply micro-lens arrays (MLA) to the OLED panels, but the technology has both pros and cons...
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Samsung Begins Mass Producing OLED Displays for iPhone 15

Tuesday August 1, 2023 2:58 am PDT by
Apple's main OLED supplier Samsung has received mass production approval for the displays for all four models in Apple's iPhone 15 series, which are expected to be released in September. Korean-language based The Elec reports that Samsung Display was granted approval on August 1, ahead of rivals LG Display and BOE. LG Display, which is supplying OLED panels for both iPhone 15 Pro models, has ...
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Apple Reportedly Asks Suppliers for 'Bezelless' OLED iPhone Displays

Monday July 24, 2023 5:29 am PDT by
Apple has asked its suppliers to develop "bezelless" OLED display panels for future iPhone models, The Elec reports. iPhone 15 Pro Max dummy model with thinner bezels compared to an iPhone 14 Pro Max, via Unbox Therapy. Apple apparently asked Samsung and LG Display to develop the new OLED display panels, intending to implement them while maintaining the ‌iPhone‌'s current design, in contrast...
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MicroLED Apple Watch Ultra Now Rumored to Launch in 2026, Not 2025

Tuesday July 4, 2023 2:30 am PDT by
Apple is known to be working on an updated version of the Apple Watch Ultra that uses a next-generation microLED display, but the device has again been postponed due to manufacturing issues, according to market research firm TrendForce (via The Elec). Information shared in April by display analyst Ross Young suggested that an Apple Watch Ultra with microLED display would launch in the second ...
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Falling Mac Sales Have Apple's OLED Panel Suppliers Spooked

Tuesday May 9, 2023 8:31 am PDT by
Apple plans to transition Macs and iPads to OLED displays over the next few years, but a new report out of Korea claims panel suppliers are holding back key investment in next-gen OLED production lines over rising concerns about slumping Mac sales. Apple will launch its first OLED iPads next year and South Korean panel makers intend to use their existing Gen 6 OLED lines to cover Apple's...
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2024 iPad Pro Models Likely to Debut Thinner Hybrid OLED Panel Tech

Monday April 17, 2023 1:59 am PDT by
Apple is set to benefit from new OLED panel etching technology being developed by LG that will allow for slimmer devices while lowering production costs, according to Korea's The Elec. The new hybrid technology reportedly combines rigid OLED glass substrates with flexible OLED thin-film encapsulation (TFE), making the panels thinner than rigid OLED panels. The process also incurs lower...
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Apple Halted M2 Chip Production in January Amid 'Plummeting' Mac Sales

Monday April 3, 2023 2:44 am PDT by
Apple halted production of its M2 series chips at the start of 2023 following a pronounced slump in global demand for MacBooks, claims a new report out of Korea. Facing "plummeting" Mac sales amid a severe PC market downturn, Apple in January completely suspended production of its custom-designed M2 series processors that power new MacBook Pro and Mac mini models and the latest MacBook Air,...