Apple has secretly started a laboratory in Taiwan for developing OLED display technology. OLED stands for organic light-emitting diode. The unique feature of an OLED display is that it works without a backlight; thus, it can display deep black levels and can be thinner and lighter than a liquid crystal display (LCD).
Apple has been trying to make it’s iPhone and iPad products thinner and lighter and OLED technology is directly helpful in achieving this goal. Around 50 engineers have been hired to work on this technology, most of them are from local taiwanese companies – AU Optronics Corp. and Qualcomm Inc. The lab is located in a building which was earlier probably owned by Qualcomm. OLED display is also very flexible. The only downside is that OLED displays are expensive to manufacture.
Samsung and Sony also have been working on this technology. Apple has officially declined to comment on this issue.
Source – Bloomberg