The “Apple Watch Series 6” may not be fitted with a micro LED display as part of its annual upgrade, a serial leaker claims, with Apple allegedly using the same supplier and display technology as the Series 5.
There are rumors every once in a while suggesting the Apple Watch Series 6 would launch with a microLED display, though that now looks unlikely to happen. Compared to OLED panels, mciroLED displays are thinner and can achieve higher brightness levels.
The “Apple Watch Series 6” is anticipated to be revealed this fall alongside other major launches, such as the “iPhone 12,” and is expected to offer some upgrades from what is offered in the Apple Watch Series 5. According to a leaker, these modifications won’t include a change to the display.
The Apple Watch Series 5 refresh last year was a minor one as it only introduced an Always-On Display. This year though, Apple is expected to introduce a number of new features and changes to the Apple Watch lineup.
Leaks so far point to the Apple Watch Series 6 coming with a pulse oximeter for blood sugar monitoring, stress level indication, panic attack detection, and other mental health features. It will also be powered by a more powerful S6 chip. Apple also plans on adding sleep tracking and new watch faces to watchOS 7 this year. The design of the watch, however, is not expected to change this year.
Watch Series 6 may not use micro LED display
In a tweet on Sunday, leaker @L0vetodream offered the typically brief statement “the Apple Watch S6 will continue to use the display from JDI.” This is in reference to the Series 5’s OLED displays supplied by Japan Display Inc, a firm within Apple’s supply chain that reportedly received a $936 million financial bailout in January 2020, followed by a further $200 million from a customer believed to be Apple.
The twitter account is generally thought to be offering genuine leaks on Apple products, and has made a number of pronouncements about a variety of products, including the iPad Pro LiDAR sensor and a game controller.
If true, the tweet means that potential “Apple Watch Series 6” buyers won’t be seeing a new display in the model, and it is likely to be similar in size and specification to the Series 5. Updated in 2019, the Series 5 uses an alway-on LTPO OLED Retina display, allowing for the screen to be viewable without needing a gesture or tap to turn it on.
Going by the launch timeframe of the last few years, Apple is likely going to announce the Apple Watch Series 6 alongside the iPhone 12 lineup later this year. There is a possibility that the launch of the selected new iPhones could be delayed to October, though so far, there have been no rumors regarding any delay in the launch of the Apple Watch Series 6.