Beginning in 2017, Apple is reportedly switching out the OLED screens for its wearable in favor of a Micro-LED panel, according to DigiTimes.
Though the validity of the report is a tad touch-and-go, bolstering the claim is Apple’s acquisition of LuxVue technologies in 2014 – a company that specializes in developing Micro-LED technologies, 9to5Mac points out.
What’s in a display?
Compared to the iPhone’s standard LCD screens, the OLED displays used for the Apple Watch provide crisper contrast, faster refresh rates, lower power consumption, and a thinner size, making them well-suited for small electronics.
Micro-LED displays – though not as common in mass-produced electronics – are a step-up from OLED, offering even better brightness and power efficiency.
However, Micro-LED screens don’t come cheap, meaning upgrading from OLED could potentially improve the Apple Watch 2′s display and battery life at the cost of … well, the cost.
As is the case with any rumors from the Apple orchard, DigiTimes’ report is to be taken with a grain of salt. Personally, we wouldn’t mind if the Apple Watch took the route of the PS Vita and also offered a cheaper model with a lesser-quality screen than its OLED parent.
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