Apple intends to start producing displays for future Apple Watch itself, abandoning the services of partners. This is written by Bloomberg referring to sources familiar with the situation. According to reports, the company already has a secret plant in California, whose production capacity MicroLED-matrix will be launched.
Unlike the traditional OLED displays used in Apple Watch and more recently in the iPhone X, MicroLEDs consist of a new generation of LEDs that reduce the thickness of panels with a significant increase in their brightness without increasing power consumption.
At the moment, the work on the MicroLED-displays is handled by a team of 300 engineers, which is based in Santa Clara, right next to the Apple Park campus. The total area of the production enterprise, allocated by the company for the development of new technology, almost reaches 6000 square meters.
The MicroLED project, the idea of which Apple has been brewing for several years, was frozen about a year ago due to the imperfection of the applied technologies. Now, according to Bloomberg’s interlocutors, Apple has the work necessary to start producing displays with organic microdiodes.
Since April, all applications must support iPhone X
All applications that appear in the App Store after April of this year should support the Super Retina display on the iPhone X. The corresponding letter was sent to the developers of the programs by Apple.
The new rules mean that the developers of new applications should take into account the “cut-out” on the top of the display of the iPhone X, so that the programs work correctly, as well as the features of the 5.8-inch OLED display. In addition, since April, all programs should be created using the iOS 11 SDK.
Apple did not set strict deadlines when existing programs in the App Store should receive support for the iPhone X, and so far only recommended that developers do it. The new applications from April will simply be rejected by the App Store moderators if they do not support iPhone X.
In early February, the company once again made changes to the rules for publishing content on the shelves of the virtual store App Store. Now developers are strictly forbidden to use emoji characters, which are the intellectual property of the company, in the interface of the created applications. The decision does not apply to applications where emoji is used when typing on the keyboard.