TrendForce: Apple delays the launch of its microLED smartwatch further to 2026

Apple has been developing microLED displays for wearable devices for many years, but the company and its production partners are not yet ready to initiate mass production. It was reported before that the company planned to launch the first microLED-powered watch in 2023, but this was delayed several times.

According to a new report by TrendForce, Apple delayed its microLED plans again, now hoping to introduce the first device in 2026. The main problem, as always, is the high production costs.


Back in May, we shared Apple's microLED plans and latest development, based on information shared by Nikkei Asia. It seems as if Apple and its partners (ams-Osram for the LED wafers, LG Display for the backplane glass, and TSMC for drivers) is finding it challenging to solve the production problems and high costs, even after more than a billion dollars spent on R&D in recent years. See more here.

For more information on microLED wearable displays, check out the MicroLED Industry Association white paper.

Posted: Jul 06,2023 by Ron Mertens