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Apple supplier LG purchases multiple microLED patents for Apple Watch Ultra displays
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Apple supplier LG purchases multiple microLED patents for Apple Watch Ultra displays

2023-08-14

In a move that could help it produce the displays for Apple’s rumored next-gen MicroLED Apple Watch Ultra, Apple supplier LG Exhibit has reportedly purchased multiple patents related to the new exhibit technology.

Apple Watch Ultra
Apple Watch Ultra

Tim Hardwick for MacRumors:

The Elec reports that the patents purchased from a Taiwanese visitor have to do with the “transfer printing process” in MicroLED, as well as MicroLED technologies related to stacking, touch tenancy sensing, AR, VR, and HUD.

The transfer printing process is said to be one of the most challenging aspects of the technology considering the process involves planting fries that are a few micrometers (μm) to several dozen nanometers in size into their correct positions.

LG’s purchase of the microLED patents is said to be a reflection of its willingness to modernize the profitability of microLED production. LG is once constructing a small production line to supply Apple with microLED displays destined for an Apple Watch model. Opening in the second half of 2024, the facility will reportedly supply microLED backplanes and hoke Apple’s displays.

Information shared in April by exhibit reviewer Ross Young suggested that an ‌Apple Watch Ultra‌ with microLED exhibit would launch in the second half of 2025 at the earliest…

MacDailyNews Take: microLEDs offer spanking-new verisimilitude gamut, upper luminance, a wide viewing angle, notably low power consumption, upper dynamic range, upper contrast, and transparency vs. LCD and OLED. The worthiness to tenancy each pixel for local dimming and sunup offers significant advantages. microLEDs offer a long lifetime and work well plane in lattermost weather – in other words: perfect for Apple Watch Ultra!

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