LG Display is expected to order a deposition equipment to make MicroOLED from Sunic System, TheElec has learned.
The move is aimed at developing and manufacturing a MicroOLED panel to supply to Apple for their mixed reality (MR) device, sources said.
Cupertino is expected to use Sony’s MicroOLED panel for the screen on its first MR device while the outer screen, or an 'indicator', which will be a regular OLED panel, will be provided by LG Display. Apple’s new device is expected to launch during the first half of next year.
LG Display is aiming to supply the MicroOLED panel on the iPhone maker's follow-up to its MR device.
MicroOLED technology mounts the OLED on a silicon substrate, unlike conventional panels that mount them on glasses.
The technology is also called OLED on Silicon, or OLEDoS, and is expected to use more widely for virtual, augmented and mixed reality devices.
MR devices require display and optical technologies and Sony is a leader in the latter.
But for Apple, the Japanese tech giant could also be a rival in the MR space as they also sell PlayStation game consoles, which mix well with reality devices.
This means the iPhone maker could prefer LG Display as the supplier going forward.
Sunic System had already supplied its MicroOLED deposition equipment to BOE back in 2020. The Chinese display giant is planning to apply MicroOLED technology for military applications.