Screens seem to be a tricky subject when it comes to Apple devices. For some reason, the Cupertino company is notoriously slow when it comes to embracing new display technologies. The iPhone first got an OLED panel in 2017, while most iPad models are still stuck with LED screens.
Now the adoption of another display technology is delayed. According to display industry insider Ross Young, the transition from Apple Watch Ultra to microLED will be delayed to 2025. This information was first shared via a Tweeterwhich was later covered by MacRumors in a dedicated article.
For reference, previous reports claimed that the first microLED Apple Watch Ultra would be released as early as 2024. This new leak, however, indicates that more substantial changes to the Apple Watch Ultra are not forthcoming. It’s worth noting that microLED technology offers a number of benefits that make it ideal for a sports-focused wearable like the Ultra.
Namely, this includes improved energy efficiency and durability. Given that exceptional battery life and the ability to withstand the test of the elements are the main selling points of the expensive Apple Watch Ultra, it makes sense to be excited about MicroLED.
Additionally, previous rumors suggested that the new microLED panel would also be slightly larger. A larger display could further differentiate the Ultra and make it even more appealing to athletes and outdoor adventurers, who seem to be the notebook’s main target audience.
Unfortunately, the Apple Watch Ultra seems to be the latest victim of Apple’s decision to emphasize the company’s next VR/AR headset, the Reality Pro. Much like the iPad, which is stuck due to necessary upgrades being pushed back to 2024, the Apple Watch lineup is also on hold. Fortunately, the Apple Watch Ultra is quite impressive as is.
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