The range of foldable devices fromApple hasn’t launched yet, and that could be because the company is testing different display technologies for these devices, including e-ink, according to a reputable analyst.
The e-ink display technology is mainly tested because of its impressive energy efficiency.
E-Ink display technology is primarily tested due to its impressive energy efficiency
The implementation of e-ink display technology could still take several years, but Ming-Chi Kuo claims in his last tweet that Apple is testing it for foldable iPhones and iPads. The California tech giant is probably testing different foldable prototypes, where one includes a secondary screen like the Galaxy Z Fold 3, also known as the cover screen.
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Kuo asserts that e-ink display technology could be used for the outermost panel, while the main screen would benefit from better technology. The reason why the secondary panel would use e-ink display technology is because of its power saving capabilities compared to anything on the market. By using e-ink technology on the cover screen, Apple could use it to show important updates, notifications of various shapes, and more, while still delivering impressive battery life.
Apple is testing E Ink’s Electronic Paper Display (EPD) for future foldable device’s cover screen & tablet-like applications. The color EPD has the potential to become a mainstream solution for foldable devices’ must-have cover/second screen thanks to its excellent power-saving.
— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) May 17, 2022
As for the launch of Apple’s first foldable iPhone or iPad, there’s no positive news on that front, and Kuo didn’t provide any updates in his tweet. We are also talking about a 20-inch foldable MacBook which could happen in a few years, but it probably won’t use e-ink technology, as it probably won’t have a secondary screen. The main screen of Apple’s other foldable devices could use a OLED panel without polarizing layer.
The biggest advantage of using this type of OLED technology is that it will use more space inside the iPhone or foldable iPad, consume less power and emit higher levels of brightness, which will increase the duration of OLED screen life. Unfortunately, since the earliest we’ll see as a commercial product from Apple is 2025, there might be more updates to report along the way, so stay tuned.