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Apple Invests $330 Million into Micro-LED Factory

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2020/06/02 03:03:05 (permalink)
https://www.macrumors.com/2020/06/01/apple-invests-330-million-taiwan-micro-led/
 
The information has been circulating the industry about Apple and its plans to integrate Micro-LED technology into its products for some time now. Micro-LED is a new display technology that allows for much better characteristics of panels like higher brightness, fuller color gamut, and higher dynamic range. The technology also offers a higher refreshing rate, wider viewing angles, and lower power consumption. Being that Micro-LED display is physically thinner, it will allow for more portable devices and it will leave more room for other components.

According to the report from CENS, a Taiwanese media, Apple is investing $330 million into a new Micro-LED factory for Apple devices. A future factory located in Taiwan is seeing major investments from the company. Being that Apple plans to use Micro-LED displays in its future products like iPad Pro and MacBook Pro, it is expected to see this move from them. However, Apple isn't doing it alone. They have partnered with Epistar, Taiwan's biggest LED producer and Taiwanese LCD panel maker, AU Optronics. These two are experienced makers of panels so they should help Apple successfully launch and operate manufacturing facilities.
 
I'm curious if this will cause other manufacturers to start investing in the same technology. 

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    Re: Apple Invests $330 Million into Micro-LED Factory 2020/06/02 04:52:23 (permalink)
    It will be interesting to see what comes from it but I am not sure other manufacturers will jump in that quickly. This is of course Apple who can release a $6,000 monitor that has a $999 monitor stand for it. Not to say the Apple monitor isn't a great monitor for high end development but it doesn't have a price that really is going to get a widespread user base.

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    Re: Apple Invests $330 Million into Micro-LED Factory 2020/06/02 12:38:28 (permalink)
    Apply has a pile of cash ... is this a negotiation tool or IP grab .. will have to wait & see
     
    Funny they dont just build a factory in their biggest market ?
     
    One would think this pandemic would have shined a light on the risks of concentration in Mfg in just one region of the world ... China

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