Apple is reportedly working with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) to develop micro OLED displays, which it plans to use in its upcoming augmented reality (AR) devices.
According to Nikkei Asia, work on the displays is in the trial production phase at a secretive facility in Taiwan.
The displays under development are said to be less than 1 inch in size.
Thin and smaller displays are possible because the micro OLED displays are built directly on to chip wafers rather than a glass substrate, unlike conventional LCD screens in smartphones and TVs. The new technology works with wearable augmented reality devices – such as Apple’s much discussed AR glasses.
Apple already works with TSMC as the sole supplier of iPhone processors, as well as its in-house designed central processors for Mac computers.
The report states that the work on the micro OLED displays is at the trial production stage, and is not expected to reach mass production for “several years”.