Apple is working on its own displays for future iPhones, as the California company bids to end its reliance on Samsung, LG and other major screen manufacturers.
A new report, citing anonymous sources with knowledge of Apple’s plans, says it is working on displays using new MicroLED technology.
This is set to supplant existing OLED tech, offering brighter colours while using less power.
The company has opened a new plant in Santa Clara, close to its new Apple Park campus, with engineers looking to bring the tech to next–generation iPhones and Apple Watches.
The sources say such tech may not be seen in Apple’s products for between three and five years, if at all.
It’s thought Apple is desperate to create its own screen tech, which it can then get manufacturing partners to mass produce, much as it does with its chipsets for iPhones and iPads.
At the moment, Apple’s sole OLED supplier for its iPhone X is its deadly rival Samsung.
LG is said to be making screens for the next iPhone X range, along with other smaller companies in Asia.
By controlling its own technology, Apple will hope it can see of the growing threat of Samsung, which has consistently developed smartphone better screens in recent years.