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Rumor: 2017 Apple Watch will sport micro LED technology

The second generation Apple Watch — which I’m expecting in September or October — will probably feature the same type of OLED display as the first generation. However, the third gen Apple smartwatch may pack micro LED technology.

According to DigiTimes — which, admittedly, has a spotty record with Apple predictions — Apple should have micro LED panels ready by the second half of 2017. The company bought LuxVue Technology, a micro LED developer LuxVue Technology in May 2014 and set up a laboratory in northern Taiwan specifically for R&D of new display technologies, the article adds.

Apple currently relies on third-party vendors for screens in its devices. If DigiTimes is right, that will change next year. As an owner of micro-LED technology, Apple can release new high-end products with a strong differentiation, while cutting the need to acquire screens from an OLED supplier. LuxVue’s technology offers a high-performance display for a low energy consumption, maximizing battery life and device usage.

Chances that this rumor is right (IMHO): 90%. I think that, this time, DigiTimes is right on the money. And, of course, the second generation Apple Watch image pictured is simply an interesting mock-up.

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Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.