Apple Watch Ultra Rumored to Adopt Vivid Micro LED Display by 2026

Market research firm TrendForce shared intriguing predictions regarding a future Apple Watch rocking advanced Micro LED display technology. They expect a jumbo 2.12″ screen to grace this visually striking wearable as early as 2026.

Mark Gurman previously stated that Apple was aiming to launch the Apple Watch Ultra 2 with a MicroLED display by the end of 2024. But subsequent reports suggest the launch timeframe has been pushed back due to supply chain constraints and the high costs of manufacturing MicroLED screens.

Micro LED utilizes millions of tiny self-illuminating chips offering elite-tier contrast, responsiveness and vibrancy, makes the technology ideal for diminutive yet punchy smartwatch panels to shine.

TrendForce anticipates Apple would tap German LED specialists AMS Osram to supply the microscopic LED chips. Meanwhile, noted display producer LG Display stands poised to handle overall panel assembly.

Adopting bleeding-edge Micro LED does come at a premium however. TrendForce projects the dazzling 2.12″ display cost reaching around $120. For perspective, that’s nearly triple the price of current Apple Watch OLED screens.

Yet Apple wields unmatched influence and economies of scale to tame exotic production costs. And by 2026, multiple years of refining may sufficiently rein in Micro LED expenses for a more affordable luxury Watch launch.

If Apple executes as predicted, a 2026 debut could initiate a wave of advanced Micro LED smartwatches. TrendForce estimates Apple could ship up to one million of these visually stunning models in the first year alone.

So while Micro LED Apple Watches reside firmly in the rumor pipeline for now, all signs point to a game-changing wearable launch in 2026. Stay tuned for glimpses of the vivid watch display future as Apple prepares to take Micro LED mainstream.

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