2021-10-20

Annual Shipment of Airpods Expected to Reach 85 Million Sets, with Component Suppliers Epistar, DOWA, II-VI/Finisar Set to Benefit, Says TrendForce

Oct. 20, 2021 ---- Apple’s latest AirPods 3 still feature an optical in-ear detection mechanism, according to TrendForce’s 2021 Infrared Sensing Market Trend - 3D Sensing, LiDAR, SWIR LED report. Through the integration of PPG (photoplethysmography) technology, the AirPods 3 contain an improved in-ear detection mechanism based on skin-detect sensors that are equipped with four SWIR (short-wave infrared) LED chips that have two different wavelengths, as well as two InGaAs photodiodes. Industry insiders indicate that the AirPods 3’s s...
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2021-10-01

Apple Has Won A Patent For Flexible Interactive Materials That Provide Haptics For Wearable Devices, Clothing, Macbooks & More

Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially granted Apple a patent that relates to using various materials for providing input and output for an electronic device. More specifically, the present disclosure is directed to using piezoelectric material or electroactive polymers for receiving input and providing haptic output for wearable devices such as VR gloves, straps, watch bands, body suit or other clothing and electronic devices like glasses, an HMD, iPhone, rings, a MacBook and more.   Many traditional user input devices, such as keyboards, h...
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2021-09-16

Here Are All of the Biggest Announcements From Apple’s September Keynote Event

Including the all-new Watch Series 7 and the highly-anticipated iPhone 13. Source: Apple Apple dropped several new products and released information on major updates to its existing devices at its Keynote event on Tuesday. The annual event began at 10 a.m. PT and included new iterations of the iPhone, iPad and Watch. A recording of the livestream is available to view on apple.com. Here are all of the biggest announcements from Tuesday’s major tech conference: 1. Apple is releasing the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro with the most advanced camera system e...
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2021-09-08

Apple's iPhone 13, Apple Watch Series 7 event is on September 14

by Malcolm Owen | Sep 07, 2021 Apple has confirmed it will be holding its annual September event as usual, with the September 14 "California Streaming" event expect to feature the launch of the "iPhone 13," among other products. As Apple has traditionally done each year, the company will be holding a fall event in September. In an announcement on Tuesday, Apple revealed that the event will take place on September 14 at 10 a.m. Pacific. The event is probably the first of multiple in the last few months of 2021, following Apple'...
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2021-09-07

Opto Tech Provides 90% of Apple’s Smart Watch Sensors

Since the launch of the 1st-gen Apple Watch, Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook has often positioned the product as an all-around healthcare wearable device, which can be best proved by features including the earlier electrocardiography and blood oxygen measurement unveiled last year. With excellent know-how and product yield, the leading sensing component manufacturer Opto Tech hold 90% of Apple Watch’s sensor orders, thereby playing a crucial role in Cook’s healthcare wearable agenda. Insiders reveal that most wearable devices measure users’ heart r...
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2021-08-24

Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple Is Developing Micro LED Display Technologies

To compete with South Korean companies holding a dominant position in the OLED display market, Apple is striving to establish its Mini LED industry chain. According to the latest report by Ming-Chi Kuo, a well-known analyst of Apple products, Apple’s mass production agenda for its Mini LED monitors comprises five stages. Stage 1: Changes in screen yield rates and shipping schedules will significantly affect the stock valuation of “primary suppliers”. Therefore, Apple’s suppliers will endeavor to improve product yield. Stage 2: T...
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2021-07-19

Apple VR Headset May Monitor User's Pose Using Neural Networks

By Malcolm Owen | Jul 13, 2021-Appleinsider     Apple's VR or AR headset could move an avatar of the user based on monitoring the user's body movements, while its battery life could be lengthened by some clever data transmission techniques.   Apple is believed to be in development of a virtual reality or augmented reality headset, as well as AR smart glasses known as "Apple Glass." In entering a slowly growing field of human-computer interaction, Apple is also attempting to enginee...
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2021-07-07

Apple Is Seeking Suppliers to Fulfill Its Demand for Mini LED Displays

As reported by foreign media MacRumors on June 30, Apple Inc. is endeavoring to meet the Mini LED display demand for its recently unveiled 12.9-inch iPad Pro and the to-be-released MacBook Pro products, prompting the tech company to find new suppliers to relieve its burden. In addition to the existing Taiwanese supplier TSMT, the tech giant is seeking suppliers that are able to mount electronic components onto the Mini-LED display PCB of the said 12.9-inch iPad Pro and MacBook Pro. Image source: Apple Inc. Despite the fact that TSMT remains t...
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2021-07-05

Apple Reportedly Spending $200 Million to Improve Mini-LED Production for Upcoming 14-Inch and 16-Inch MacBook Pro

Apple is taking a significant step to improve the production of mini-LED displays for its upcoming redesigned 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros, by investing $200 million in purchasing new equipment for four brand new mini-LED assembly lines, according to a paywalled report from DigiTimes, seen by MacRumors.   According to the report, Apple will spend $200 million on procuring additional SMT or surface mounting-technology equipment to create four brand new assembly lines dedicated to mini-LED production for its upcoming MacBook Pros. ...
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2021-06-23

LG Electronics Moving to Sell iPhone at LG Best Shops in Korea

LG Electronics is in talks with Apple on selling the iPhone, the iPad and Apple Watch at LG Best Shops.  LG Electronics is negotiating with Apple on the sale of the iPhone, the iPad and Apple Watch at more than 400 LG Best Shops across the nation, according to IT tipster Tron on June 16. The shops can use the space and salespeople made available following LG Electronics’ withdrawal from the smartphone business by selling Apple products. The two companies are reportedly discussing the establishment of separate Apple corners within the sh...
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2021-06-08

Apple Begins Selling New iPad Pro featuring M1 Chip in Taiwan, Expected to Drive Supply Chain Growth

To grab a share in the stay-at-home market, Apple Inc. released the new iPad Pro featuring the company’s M1 chip on its official website in Taiwan today, which may benefit its suppliers including Foxconn (OEM), Catcher (phone case provider), as well as numerous upstream and downstream suppliers of Mini LEDs. By actually ordering an iPad Pro on Apple’s Taiwan website, the Central News Agency discovered that the 11-inch model and 12.9-inch model with a Mini LED display are estimated to be delivered between June 10 and June 12, meaning that buyers...
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2021-06-07

Apple Releases the 2020 Top 200 Supplier List with 6 Newcomers from Taiwan and 12 from China

Apple Inc. has published its 2021 Supplier Responsibility Report and its top 200 suppliers in 2020. The list includes six newcomers from Taiwan (i.e., Auras, Concraft, GIS, Global Lighting Technologies, LOTES, and TXC), with another six being excluded (i.e., Cheng Loong, FuYang Technology, Jan Jia Optoelectronics, Darfon Electronics, Merry Electronics, and Intramedia). By contrast, the list adds 12 Chinese entrants, indicating that Apple has been subtly changing its supply chain portfolio. Apple CEO Tim Cook said in the beginning of the repo...
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2021-05-26

Shipment for Apple’s New iPad Pro Rumored to Have Delayed to July Due to Unresolved Mini LED Yield Rate

Apple announced the new iPad Pro in April, and the 12.9” iPad Pro is also adopted with Mini LED, though rumors are now circulating on how the yield rate of Mini LED has deferred the delivery of the 12.9” iPad Pro to the end of July, whereas the 11” iPad Pro is still scheduled for delivery between the end of May and early June as indicated on the official website. Bloomberg reports that the new iPad Pro will be officially available within a week or so, yet those who pre-ordered the 12.9” variation may have to wait until July to get their h...
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2021-04-22

Shipment of Apple's Mini LED iPad Pro Expected to Reach Five Million Units in 2021 Thanks to Improved Display Technology, Says TrendForce

During Apple’s Spring Loaded event, the Cupertino company announced the upcoming release of its latest 12.9-inch iPad Pro models featuring Mini LED display technology. According to TrendForce’s latest investigations, demand for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro has already been relatively high in the niche markets. Thus, given the thorough improvement in specs as well as the very slight price hike of merely $100 over the previous generation, TrendForce is not only revising up its shipment forecast for the 2021 version of the 12-inch iPad Pro from four million units to f...
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2021-04-14

What to expect at Apple's April 2021 event

Apple is expected to announce new products at the Spring Loaded event on 20 April 2021. Here's what to expect, from iPads to Apple TV. Apple has announced details of its first event of 2021. The company will host the "Spring Loaded" event on 20 April at 6pm BST, 10am PDT. We will discuss everything you need to know about the Apple spring event below, including when it will start in your region, what Apple will launch, and how you can watch it. When is the Apple spring event? Apple's virtual personal assistant, Siri, spoiled the surpris...
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2021-03-23

Ofilm Confirms the Terminated Business Relationship with Apple

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2021-02-22

Apple in Talks to Buy Self-Driving Sensors, Key Step in Car Plan

  Apple Inc. is in discussions with multiple suppliers of self-driving car sensors known as lidar, according to people familiar with the matter, a key milestone toward development of its first passenger vehicle. The Cupertino, California-based technology giant is in active talks with a number of potential suppliers for these laser-based sensors that allow a car’s computer to “see” its surroundings, said the people, who asked not to be identified due to the private nature of the discussions. The company has been working on a driverless vehicle project for s...
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2021-02-22

Apple wins a patent for advanced monitors based on a new Micro-LED Chiplet Architecture

Last May Patently Apple posted a report titled "Rumor Claims that Apple has made a Massive investment in a new Plant in Taiwan to make Next-Gen LED based Displays." The report claimed that Apple would be investing over US$300 million on a new display plant to produce both mini and micro-LED displays. Then last September Apple won a micro-LED patent relating to a display for a future fitness band. This was followed by a published patent application last October covering a micro-LED display that incorporated solar cells. Last week Apple was g...
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2020-09-21

Sanan to Supply Mini LED Chips to Apple? TrendForce: Patent is Still the Key

It was reported today on September 21 that Chinese LED chip manufacturer Sanan Optoelectronics has progressed faster than expected with its Mini LED chip development and might begin to supply its product to Apple’s iPad Pro and MacBook in 2021. If Sanan joins the supply chain with lower price, the business of Epistar, the Taiwan-based LED supplier who is reportedly the major Mini LED chip supplier of Apple, may be impacted. However, TrendForce said that Sanan has yet made its way into the Apple supply chain and the low price may not be the first priori...
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2020-09-18

Blood Oxygen Reading Apple Watch 6 to Drive Demands for Health Monitoring Sensors

The latest wearable product of Apple, the Apple Watch Series 6, features a new function that can monitor users’ blood oxygen saturation, which is a critical indicator of people’s overall wellness. The function marks a milestone of wearable devices and is likely to drive demands for sensing components including LEDs and photodiodes. (Image: Apple) According to TrendForce, most wearable devices measure biometric data, such as heart rate, blood oxygen, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels, as well as sweat content, through a type of optical technology known as ...
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2020-09-16

Apple Granted New Display Patent Based on Micro LED

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent won by Apple describing displays based on Micro LED technology for its future products, reported Patently Apple. Apple’s plan of adopting advanced display technologies including Micro LED and Mini LED for its new products is no news for the market. The company has been dedicating to drive the progress of these cutting-edge display fabrication methods and has won several related patents. The latest one published elaborates displays that incorporate timing controller to deliver different display areas over...
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2020-08-31

iPhone 12 to Feature LiDAR Sensor Mounted Camera, as Revealed by Leaker

As the launch of iPhone 12 is approaching, more rumors about the new Apple product were unveiled. Las week, a new Apple leak said that LiDAR sensor is “confirmed” for iPhone 12 Pro Max. Apple predictor Jon Prosser uploaded a video and share a few alleged screenshot of iPhone 12. One of the picture demonstrate the option of “Enable LiDAR CA,” indicating that LiDAR will be featured for the new iPhone. (Image: Jon Prosser's Twitter post) This will not be the first time Apple adopting the sensor component in its product. Th...
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2020-08-28

JDI to Sell Its LCD Plant to Sharp and Apple for JPY 71 billion

Japan Display (JDI) is going to sell its LCD plant in Hakusan, Japan, to Sharp and Apple, so that the Japanese display maker can pay off its debt to Apple. The total transfer price is estimated to be JPY 71 billion (US$ 672 million). (Image: JDI) The plant will be transferred to Sharp, who is also a display supplier of Apple, by the end of September. With the transaction, Sharp will take over most of the debt of JDI which JDI borrowed from Apple when building the plant. The plant was originally built for supplying LCD panels for iPhone. But S...
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2020-08-19

Sharp Reportedly to Mass Product Less-than-1-inch Micro LED Panel in 2023 for Wearable Applications

Sharp, one of the panel providers of Apple, is reportedly developing small size Micro LED displays and will mass produce the products by 2023 for eye-wear smart devices, reported Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun. According to the report, Sharp Fukuyama Semiconductor, a subsidiary of Sharp, has developed Micro LED prototypes including a 0.38-inch full color panel featuring 1053 PPI and a 0.13-inch blue display with 3000 PPI. The company deploys its proprietary color conversion technology to achieve full color display and aims to mass produce the products in 2023 to 2024 for A...
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2020-08-14

Strengths of Micro LED and Mini LED Supply Chain in Taiwan

In the second half of 2020, increasing applications based on novel display technologies are emerging in the market. Mini LED backlight technology has reached the stage of commercialization with several notebook and monitor products launched. Chinese TV brands TCL have released its Mini LED TV series and Korean giants Samsung and LG are likely to roll out Mini LED backlight TVs in the near future as well. And of course, the most expected Mini LED product would be the 12.9 iPad Pro of Apple. Meanwhile, Micro LED technology is still developing and a few...
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2020-08-11

Leading Brands to Kick Start Mini LED Backlight Applications Based on Mid to Large Size Panels

Among the next-gen display technologies based on miniaturized LEDs, while Micro LED is still confronting issues of low yield and high cost, Mini LED backlight display technology has been commercialized and is seeing a thriving future starting next year. Currently at the market, we can see Mini LED backlit gaming notebooks and monitors launched by Acer, Asus, MSI, Lenovo and other notebook brands. The long rumored Mini LED iPad Pro from Apple is another highlight expected by the market and the industry. In addition, Samsung is reportedly debuting a series o...
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2020-08-05

Leading Brands Boost Demands for BLU LEDs, Driving Production of LED Suppliers in Taiwan, Korea and China

As the market is expecting Apple and Samsung to release products adopting Mini LED backlight display technology, companies of the supply chain are gearing up with increase production to meet the hiking demands. These big names are reportedly securing their LED chip supply from manufacturers in Taiwan, Korea and China. (Image: Pixabay) Samsung, who is likely to release Mini LED backlit TVs series in 2021, has been in talk with Episar, Lextar, Sanan and HC Semitek to make sure that its demands of 30 billion Mini LED chips for over 3 million TV units wou...
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2020-06-19

Apple as Nudge to Epistar and Lextar Merge?

Taiwanese LED chip maker Epistar and Lextar are going to form a new holding company, aiming to intensify its growing momentum in next-gen display technologies Mini LED and Micro LED. LEDinside noticed that Apple, who is reportedly launching Mini LED-based products, could be a nudge that lead to the alliance of Epistar and Lextar. Rumors of Apple to release several Mini LED backlight technology adopted products including a 12.9-inch iPad Pro, a 14.1-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro in 2020 and 2021 have been going on since last year. Epistar, the Taiwan com...
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2020-05-26

Epistar to Deliver over 680 Billion LED Units for Mini LED Display Applications in 2020

LED chip supplier Epistar said that it is seeing surging demands for Mini LED display and fine-pitch display. With its mature miniaturized LED technology, the company is expecting to ship about 689.2 billion units of LED chip in 2020. Epistar is reportedly supplying Apple for the coming Mini LED-based iPad Pro and MacBook. The Taiwan-based chip maker has increased its investment for capacity expansion and turned 95% of its blue LED capacity in Taiwan into Mini LED production to meet the demands of Apple products. Despite that Epistar has already pro...
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2020-05-25

Apple Rumored to Launch AR Smart Glasses Featuring LiDAR Sensor in 2021

Rumors of Apple’s smart glasses products have never stopped but now they are even more materialized. Jon Prosser, host of Front Page Tech, unveiled alleged details about the AR glasses that Apple might reveal. It was said that Apple will call its AR glasses “Apple Glass,” which will pair with an iPhone like Apple Watch. There will be displays for both lenses and LiDAR sensors will be adopted to enable gesture interaction. In addition, the glasses will be wireless charged. (Image: screenshot from the video of Front Page Tech) Prosser cl...
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