Apple is unique in the smartphone industry in that it designs many of the components that power its devices, although Huawei and Samsung have started doing the same thing, but there are still a few important components of the iPhone that come from third-parties. Perhaps the most notable of these components is the display, but hot on the heels of the rumor that Apple plans to start using a homemade GPU in future iPhones, a new rumor is claiming that the company wants to start using its own display technology as well. Apparently, these displays will essentially be better than current displays in just about every way, and Apple already bought a facility in Taiwan to produce them.
Apple is reported to be working on its own display technology in a move that could lessen its dependence on third-party suppliers like Samsung and Sharp, and boost the battery life of its products. Bloomberg reports that the U.S. company, which is unique for designing its own chips for its smartphones, is said to have opened its own secretive facility in Taiwan where it is working on screens for iPhones, iPads and other devices. (The company is advertising for positions at the plant.) That could mean good news for customers who worry about the battery life of their devices. Screens tend to use a significant amount of power, but sources from the new Apple facility reportedly told Bloomberg that Apple is working to make its screens “thinner, lighter, brighter and more energy-efficient” — that means less battery strain. Indeed, those sources suggested that Apple is looking to switch to organic LEDs, which could massively save on power consumption. You may have to wait a while for the benefits to be seen in your daily life and devices, but it appears that things are moving in the right direction at a quicker pace.