Several reports have suggested that Apple may switch from OLED to micro-LED for the Apple Watch Ultra in the near future. However, a recent report from analyst Ross Young suggests that the transition has been postponed by Apple.
Previous reports indicated that Apple had plans to transition its Apple Watch displays from OLED to micro-LED technology, with the introduction of an Apple Watch Ultra with a larger screen and micro-LED technology expected in 2024. Bloomberg also reported that the highest-end Apple Watches would adopt micro-LED technology by the end of 2024. However, a new report from analyst Ross Young suggests that Apple has delayed this transition.
According to analyst Ross Young’s recent tweet, the shift from OLED to micro-LED for the Apple Watch Ultra has been delayed until at least the second half of 2025. While no reasons were given for the delay, such setbacks are not uncommon for projects with long timelines, and production challenges may be a factor. This is a more specific timeline compared to his previous prediction earlier this year.
This latest report contradicts earlier reports from analysts and Bloomberg that suggested the shift to micro-LED technology for the highest-end Apple Watches would occur by the end of 2024.
micro-LED displays are also thinner and lighter than OLED displays, which could potentially lead to a slimmer Apple Watch. Additionally, micro-LED displays have a faster response time, meaning they can refresh faster and show more accurate visuals for activities such as tracking fitness or displaying animations. Overall, the switch to micro-LED displays would be a significant upgrade for the Apple Watch.
While the Apple Watch Ultra is anticipated to be the first Apple device to feature a microLED display, it is likely that the technology will eventually make its way to other Apple devices, including iPhones and iPads. However, it remains to be seen when this transition will happen, as there are still production and design challenges to be addressed.
It’s not uncommon for Apple to experience delays during the development process of new products, leading to postponed launch dates. This can be caused by a variety of factors, such as supply chain issues, production problems, or even design changes. As such, while rumors and predictions about future Apple devices can be exciting, it’s important to take them with a grain of salt, as release dates and specifications can always change.
Bloomberg reported that the next-generation Apple Watch displays using micro-LED technology are expected to offer brighter and more vibrant colors compared to the current OLED displays, as well as better visibility at different viewing angles.