micro-LED Apple Watch Ultra reportedly delayed, launching in 2027, or later
Apple’s long-rumored micro-LED Apple Watch Ultra may not launch until much later than previously anticipated, with a new report suggesting that Apple may have pushed the launch back until 2027, or even later.
A report from The Elec claims that Apple may face challenges in meeting its previous 2026 target for the micro-LED Apple Watch Ultra, with component costs expected to be behind the delay. Currently, Apple is estimated to spend approximately $40 per display for the Apple Watch Ultra, and initial projections suggested an increase to $115-120 for the micro-LED model, but The Elec now suggests a figure closer to $150.
For an Apple Watch, micro-LED technology will offer enhanced brightness, color accuracy, longevity, and power efficiency compared to other display technologies like OLED. Additionally, micro-LED displays do not suffer from burn-in issues, making them ideal for the small, compact screens of smartwatches like the Apple Watch.
According to the report, Apple is still in the process of finalizing the component supply chain required for micro-LED production, indicating that the release of an micro-LED Apple Watch Ultra is not on the cards for the next few years.