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Apple is trying to make its own displays, report says

An Apple sales associate speaks with a customer to wait to purchase a new iPhone X in New York city, USA, November 3, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson – RC1E691B9A00

Apple laptops, smartphones, tablets, and watches rely on hundreds of parts, most of which Apple sources from other companies all over the world. But the more of these parts that Apple itself can create, the more profit it can generate, as well as making the supply chain more reliable. Apple already has started making its own chips, now is the an attempt to.

As Bloomberg reports, Apple is thought to the design and manufacture of her own in a secret factory in the area of California. More specifically, the focus is on producing MicroLED screens such as that recently produced by Samsung to the form of the 146-inch modular TV launch in August.

In Apple’s case, perfecting the art of MicroLED screen of the production would need to rely on companies, including Samsung, Japan Display, Sharp and LG Display. We could see that Apple displays used in the Apple Watch , iPhone, iPad, and perhaps even MacBooks in the future, but there is one big problem: MicroLED is very difficult to manufacture.

Apple’s focus on MicroLED is due to the benefits that are offered, in particular, they make thinner, lighter, and less power-hungry displays without the disadvantages of OLED (limited lifespan, brightness). However, because each pixel has its own light in a MicroLED array, it throws up some production challenges. Those challenges apparently Apple shut down the project last year, but it didn’t, and now work is produced.

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It is unlikely that we will see that this Apple any time soon, or not at all. The cost of the mass-production of OLED and eventually MicroLED will continue to fall, and other manufacturers already focused on the display of the production will benefit first. Apple would need to invest heavily in facilities for the could serious about making displays. So, for the foreseeable future, expect Apple to continue to sign display contracts with its partners.

This article originally appeared on PCMag.com.

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