The Apple Inc. acquisition of low-power display maker LuxVue, micro-LED technology has come to the notice of display industry. One expert believes, micro-LED could replace the LCD screens and the OLED displays on Apple Watch, says a report from Apple Insider.
Micro-LED panels fit for Apple Watch only
As of now, no consumer products are equipped with the micro-LED panels, but many small firms are working on the technology including LuxVue, which Apple bought last year. Being low on power, micro-LED screens could make displays more efficient going forward along with giving Apple an early-mover advantage.
However, citing experts, the report notes with current technology making panels of meaningful size is not possible, suggesting at least in the near future LuxVue technology will not be used to power displays for the iPhone, iPad or MacBook.
But for smaller gadgets like Apple Watch micro-LED could be a good option, notes the expert. Apple Watch is the first device from the firm to make use of OLED technology, which helps in improving the battery life.
LuxVue, which was founded in 2009, makes power-efficient and next-gen LED displays for the consumer products. It holds a number of patents for enhancing the battery life while keeping the screen brightness to high. The tech firm was previously known as Papierlos Corporation, and before being acquired by Apple the firm raised around $43 million in funding from Kleiner Perkins and others.
Other much-awaited features
When the iPhone maker acquired LuxVue, there were talks of Apple producing its own display panels, instead of relying on the third-party for the screens. But nothing of that sort has been seen up till now.
Unlike LuxVue, whose technology may take some time to get in Apple products, AuthenTec’s Smart Sensor was used in the iPhone 5S within a year of its acquisition by Apple. However, there are other acquisitions, apart from LuxVue, which are still to show in Apple products.
HopStop, a public transit app maker, was acquired in 2013, but its Maps app won’t be included until iOS 9, which is due this fall. Another much-awaited tech is from Liquidmetal, which makes unique but costly metal alloy. Though the expectations have been there since 2010, but the metal has not been used in a meaningful way in any of the Apple products.
On Monday, Apple shares closed down 1.39% at $122.77, and year to date, the stock is up over 9%.