Apple’s design philosophy is, obviously, that displays can never be too thin. Which is probably one of the reasons the company has opened a production laboratory in northern Taiwan where engineers are developing new display technologies, reports Bloomberg, quoting unnamed “people with knowledge of the facility.”
The Apple building in Longtan has at least 50 engineers and other workers creating new screens for devices including iPhones and iPads, the article adds. Apple has purportedly recruited talent from local display maker AU Optronics Corp. and Qualcomm Inc., which used to own the building.
As Bloomberg notes, by working directly on the development of display technologies, Apple can reduce reliance on the technology developed by suppliers such as Samsung, LG, Sharp, and Japan Display. Instead, the company can develop the production processes in-house and outsource to smaller manufacturers such as Taiwan’s AU Optronics or Innolux Corp.