The company reportedly has the covert manufacturing facility located in Santa Clara, California, where it is producing MicroLED displays, says Bloomberg. If accurate, this would be the first time Apple is producing its own displays. For most of its products, Apple relies on displays from Samsung, LG, and other Asian supply chain manufacturers. MicroLED displays are said to be the successor to the OLED display technology currently used in smartphones like the iPhone X. MicroLED displays use different light-emitting compounds, which result in brighter, thinner, and more power-efficient displays.
If Apple does start using its MicroLED displays in its own products, it likely won’t happen for a few years since the technology is so new. It’s also unlikely the displays would actually be produced en masse in Santa Clara. The facility there is probably just a secure testing ground to keep the proprietary tech away from competitors for now. When Apple’s MicroLED displays enter mass production, they will likely be manufactured in Asia.