Apple reportedly has a manufacturing facility in Taiwan where it's secretly working on new display technologies for its products, as the company is looking forward to reduce its reliance on supplies from rivals likes Samsung and LG.
Just last month, a report suggested that Apple is planning to deploy OLED displays in iPhones starting 2018. The report also claimed that Apple is planning to ditch the conventional LCD technology currently used in iPhones, in favor of the continuously evolving OLED technology.
Now, a new report claims that Apple has opened up a new production facility in northern Taiwan to research and develop new display technologies. According to anonymous sources with knowledge of the facility, it has been opened in the city of Longtan which already has 50 engineers and other employees working on new displays for iPhones along with iPads. The report further adds that the iPhone maker has recruited employees from local display manufacturers as well which include AU Optronics and Qualcomm.
The Cupertino giant began the operation this year as Apple seems to be on a constant quest to make its devices slimmer. Furthermore, the company will be working to make these displays better and more energy efficient. Researchers at the facility are working on to improve LCD technologies currently used in the company’s catalog of products.
While having its own production facility to manufacture display technologies, the company will not have to solely rely on its rivals such as Samsung, LG, Sharp and other third party manufacturers.
As already mentioned, Apple is also keen to opt for OLED technology in its upcoming iPhones starting 2018. Currently, the iPhone maker only deploys OLED screens for the Apple Watch, which has a comparatively smaller display compared to smartphones and tablets. Hence, the company does not need them in large quantities.
Though, LG has reportedly invested billions of dollars in a new production line to mass produce OLED screens at its manufacturing facility in Paju, South Korea. Hence, this had led to the speculation that the Korean giant is expected to supply a major chunk of OLED panels produced for iPhone displays.