iPad maker Apple has moved into a secret lab in Taiwan to develop new device technologies with screens thinner and more energy efficient than what is already in the market, Bloomberg reports. But Apple and its employees as well as spokespersons are not ready to talk about the facility just yet.
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Located in Longtan Science Park in northern Taiwan, the building is currently being staffed with over 50 engineers and other workers employed from AU Optronics and Qualcomm which was the former owner of the building facility. These are working for Apple to develop display screens for IPhones and iPads – but they have obviously been instructed not to talk to the media or reveal who they are working for.
Apple took possession of the secret laboratory earlier this year for its engineers to research and develop brighter, lighter, thinner, and power-efficient device screens that would be more advanced than LCDs. It is possible the workers are working on developing organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) since Apple had earlier indicated interest in this much thinner display that does not need a backlight to function.
Apple had always contracted Samsung, LG, Sharp, and Japan Display for its display screen needs, but the possibility of a screen display lab means Apple might reduce reliance on these companies since it would be developing its own needs in-house. Any other small components can be given out to Innolux Corp and AU Optronics of Taiwan for manufacture.
To this extent, the stocks of AU Optronics rose by 7% in Taipei – the highest so far in 4 months, and those of Innolux climbed by 2.6%; but those of Japan Display and Sharp fell 3.9% and 1.6% respectively.
The new Apple lab facility in Taiwan does not have the outward appearance of a new biotechnology factory yet, and no outward displays indicate it belongs to one of the largest electronic technology companies in the world.
The only sign that it belongs to Apple is that a receptionist is seated opposite an Apple logo placed on the wall and using an iMac computer with Apple’s visitor registration screen displayed. Neither the receptionist nor the guards posted outside would provide contact details of anybody in authority that could talk about the building or its purpose.
But information from the Hsinchu Science Park management office indicated Apple took possession of the facility in April after Qualcomm left the factory – having been using it since 2008. Hsinchu management office is in charge of the building in Longtan.
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Apple’s new office address in Taiwan now reflects the new building, the information having been obtained from the ministry of economics in Taiwan. Apple changed to the new Longtan address in October after it updated its Taiwan registration details.