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The race for MicroLED screens

Mar 20 • Brandon Jaces, Opinion • 3024

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Technology giant Apple is making waves that will come to fruition in the next few years to combat competitors such as Samsung, which has been on the upswing with cellular devices such as the Galaxy S8 and S9.
Apple’s iPhone X boasts a larger screen than previous iPhones, facial recognition to unlock the phone and a “portrait mode” for the most “lit” selfies — you know, the ones with the blurred background.
The Galaxy S8 is similar in that is has a 12-megapixel camera, facial recognition and a larger screen by roughly two-tenths of an inch.
However, it seems as though Samsung is making bigger strides than iPhone has as of late and one of the biggest strides is that Galaxy S8 is $749 and the S8 Plus is $849 compared to the iPhone X, which is valued at $999.
While I am personally on #teamiPhone, I do respect Samsung and the strides the company has made; however, I refuse to talk bad about the iPhone as I have had good luck with mine and want to keep it that way.
The way technology is today, it might somehow figure out I wrote this and decide to crash, similar to how an advertisement pops up on your social media or internet browser if you speak about an item or even think about it.
According to Time magazine, which I was reading on the useful iPhone news app that comes standard with iPhones, Apple is working on something new to upgrade its phones.
The headline mentions that Apple is using a “secret facility to do something it’s never done before.” The opening paragraph discloses the whereabouts of said location, which is said to be close to its California headquarters.
Over on the West Coast, Apple is working on creating MicroLED screens as opposed to the OLED screens used in the last 10 iPhones.
If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering what the difference is between MicroLED and OLED. Luckily for you, I watched a video about it to gain some understanding about what the technology giant is doing over there in the Golden State.
DigitalTrends reported that Samsung had actually started looking into this as well, according to a video from January. So in a way, it’s similar to the U.S.-Soviet space race except it’s a race to see who can perfect MicroLED.
Essentially, MicroLED is a brighter, longer-lasting alternative to OLED. MicroLED has a smaller number of LED lights compared to the larger of OLED. MicroLED is said to have better off-angle viewing and isn’t prone to burnout like OLED is after long periods of use.
One drawback to MicroLED is that small tiles from the smaller lights can be seen in darker scenes; however, MicroLED supposedly has better contrast.
The video echoed the Time Magazine article in saying that MicroLED won’t be here for a few years and that Samsung and Apple are still working on it, but now I wonder who will perfect it first.
It almost seems as though both phones might be running out of things to perfect; however, I think more durable phones would benefit iPhone. One thing Samsung could add is something comparable to Apple’s FaceTime.
It’d be a more noteworthy achievement if we spent less time on our phones, but I’m just as guilty as anyone.
Stay tuned for who wins the battle for MicroLED and takes the cellular world by storm.

BRANDON JACES
jaces001@knights.gannon.edu

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