LG G7 will not feature an OLED display to cut costs

Joanna Estrada
March 19, 2018

According to a report by Bloomberg, the tech giant is making a significant investment in the development of next-generation microLED screens. The new MicroLED technology is said to be superior to OLED display tech, and will also help it reduce its reliance on fierce rival Samsung, which now supplies the OLED panels fitted to the iPhone X. Although Apple almost killed the project about a year ago, engineers have since made good progress and the technology is now at an advanced stage. Instead of launching it as iPhone SE2, the company might bring out later this year as smaller iPhone X. In the past few months, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has mentioned Apple to launch three new iPhones in 2018. The person added that the company invested "a lot of money" on the facility and supporting assets in efforts to retain proprietary technology as long as possible prior to mass manufacture. "It's big enough to get through the engineering builds [and] lets us keep everything in-house during the development stages".

The secret project, code-named T159, is overseen by Lynn Youngs, who is in charge of iPhone and Apple Watch screen technology, Bloomberg said, citing people familiar with the matter.

The secret facility being used from Apple is located in Santa Clara, California and features about 300 engineers designing the screens.

Another facility nearby houses technology that handles so-called LED transfers: The process of placing individual pixels into a MicroLED screen.

As I mentioned above, rumors up to this point have suggested that the iPhone SE 2 Apple may or may not be planning to release this year looks far more like the current model from 2016 than it does the iPhone X. While Apple may ultimate look to unify its iPhone design across all price points, it seems unlikely that it would take steps to do that so soon.

LG Display, a display unit of LG Group, and Tokyo-based Japan Display, are anticipated to supply LCD displays for the new iPhone variants. A MicroLED screen facility, however, is a first for Apple. The MicroLED displays are being manufactured in a facility near the California headquarters. It would be quite unusual to blend the two designs like that, but Apple has made plenty of odd decisions over the past couple of years. Apple might own MicroLED, until then Apple will stick to OLED displays, for the iPhones coming this fall.

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