iPhones and iPads could soon benefit from thinner, lighter and brighter displays, as a new Bloomberg report claims that Apple is working on such displays at a secret laboratory in northern Taiwan.
Sources “with knowledge of the facility” have told the news organization that engineers are working on new display technologies in the lab in the rural district of Longtan. The people also claimed that Apple had recruited staff from both local display manufacturer AU Electronics and Qualcomm.
Apple reportedly started using the lab earlier this year in a drive to make its products “thinner, lighter, brighter and more energy-efficient”. The company appears to be seeking such improvements for the liquid-crystal displays that it currently uses in iOS devices and Macs.
The sources also claimed that Apple is eager to adopt organic light-emitting diodes; this is a less surprising detail, given recent reports that the Cupertino company has been arranging for the manufacture of OLED displays elsewhere.
The Bloomberg report could also hint at new endeavors by Apple to reduce its reliance on components from major suppliers such as Samsung and Japan Display. Instead, the company could work on the production processes in-house before outsourcing to smaller suppliers like AU Electronics.