Apple reportedly en route to building its own MicroLED screen

This could be our first look at Apple's new color for its 2018 iPhone X sequels

The project could still hit numerous hurdles and is unlikely to run as smoothly as Apple hope.

The news that Apple is going to start producing its own screens has given a jolt to the industry. Also, the California facility is too small for mass production, but Apple wants to keep the proprietary technology away from its partners as long as possible, believes people close to the matter. Let's be hopeful that this project will indeed be a successful feat for them.

Apple did not immediately return Fortune's request for comment.

The technology isn't, however, designed for large display devices like tablets and laptops.

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Meanwhile, the Apple Watch screen is made by LG's display division.

With its own in-house display, Apple will not only have greater control on device production but also cut costs on buying components.

The initiative, known as T159, is being overseen by Apple Executive Lynn Youngs who previously helped develop the touch screens used in the original iPhone and iPad. The screens use different compounds than the organic light-emitting diode, or OLED displays that Universal provides. It bought the startup LuxVue in 2014, and there have been many subsequent reports on how the purchase might be put to use. Engineers have since then worked hard on the new technology. They were assembled at the Santa Clara factory and retrofitted into iPhone 7 prototypes. Apple is manufacturing small number of screens for testing objective at its secret facility near its California headquarters.

The Bloomberg report report on Monday said Apple was making "a significant investment" in the development of MicroLED display. The company outsources the manufacturing of its displays for its iPhone lineup to its South Korean smartphone rival, Samsung. MicroLED is still a new technology which is yet to go mainstream in consumer electronics. The MicroLED screens, though, offer similar advantages - such as slimmer screens and lower power consumption than liquid-crystal display, or LCD screens. For instance, Apple calibrates iPhone screens to ensure color accuracy.

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Creating a microLED display is a complicated process though. Depending on screen size, they can contain millions of individual pixels.

Apple's microLED research facility.

Patently Apple has been covering Apple's work on micro-LEDs for some time now. MicroLED has the potential to improve on OLED, but it might be a while before we get to see that with our own eyes.

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