Apple Watch with micro-LED display rumored for late 2025
Rumors about Apple adopting micro-LED displays in its products have been circulating for a while now, and according to analyst Jeff Pu from Haitong Tech, the first Apple Watch with a micro-LED display is still on track for a late 2025 release. Pu, who has sources in Apple’s supply chain, explained that many companies are exploring micro-LED technology due to its advantages over current display technologies.
Micro-LED displays offer greater transparency, higher color saturation, better viewing angles, higher brightness, lower power consumption, and longer lifespan. However, the main drawback is the high cost associated with manufacturing these displays. Currently, mass-producing devices with micro-LED displays is not economically feasible, which is why they are only found in super expensive televisions.
Nonetheless, Apple plans to ship its first device with a micro-LED display in the coming years. This aligns with previous reports suggesting that the 2026 Apple Watch Ultra will be the first to feature a micro-LED display. The analyst mentioned in his report that the micro-LED Apple Watch is expected to be launched as early as the latter part of 2025, although there’s also a possibility that the technology may be pushed to the 2026 models.
In addition to the micro-LED display rumors, there have been speculations about a major redesign for the Apple Watch. Apple is reportedly working on an Apple Watch X, which is expected to be unveiled next year to mark the 10th anniversary of the first Apple Watch. The new model is said to be significantly thinner and will feature a new magnetic system for attaching and swapping bands. It may also come with new health sensors and other hardware improvements.
As always, it’s important to take these rumors with a grain of salt until Apple makes an official announcement. However, if the rumors about the micro-LED display and Apple Watch X turn out to be true, it could signify significant advancements in display technology and design for the popular smartwatch.