Epistar Chairman Dr. Biing-Jye Lee says that smartwatches will see the first major application for micro LEDs in the next 3-4 years, as reported by DigiTimes.
Smartwatches will be the first major applications for micro LED with volume adoption likely to take place 3-4 years from now, according to Epistar chairman Lee Biing-jye.
There are smartwatch vendors showing interest in adopting micro LED displays, Lee said, adding a smartwatch screen resolution of about 300 x 300 is equivalent to 300,000 micro LED chips, which can be mass transferred in one go.
Dr. Lee says that mass adoption will be limited by technical issues such as mass transfer, and reliable production capabilities in 2-3 years with mass-market adoption happening in the years following.
Economic Daily News in July of 2019 in a now-taken down report stated that the 2020 Apple Watch, or the “Apple Watch Series 6” will include micro-LED. However, cryptic and reliable leaker @l0vetodream shoot down the prospect in March saying the Series 6 will use the standard OLED displays as before.
Apple is expected to begin including micro-LEDs as early as this year in its product lineup. The nearest is a high-end 12.9-inch iPad Pro set for release in Q4 of 2020 according to DigiTimes. Apple analysts Ming-Chi Kuo is reporting Apple will launch an iMac Pro with micro-LED in Q4 of 2020, and a 7.9-inch iPad mini with micro-LED sometime this year. Additional products in the pipeline include a 14.1 and a 16-inch MacBook Pro, and a 10.2-inch iPad.