A recent tweet from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo will have e-reader competitors sweating as he hinted at the fact that Apple is taking a close interest in electronic ink screens.
E-Ink technology, used mainly on e-readers, continues to evolve, to the point of gradually becoming colour, a characteristic that experts and analysist believe has resulted in Apple considering adopting it.
E-Ink recently announced a new colour display with an improved refresh rate called Gallery 3 that is fast enough to enable stylus input. Gallery 3 is capable of producing more colours at a higher resolution. It can also refresh far quicker than the company’s previous colour screens, although it’s still nowhere near as responsive as an equivalent OLED or LCD panel. However, E-Ink has been releasing promotional videos showing how the display can be folded or rolled – which would also appeal to Apple. It is unclear if Kuo was hinting at Apple getting on board with Gallery 3 in his latest tweet, but given the timing of the announcement, it wouldn't be surprising if there was a connection.
Apple is testing E Ink's Electronic Paper Display (EPD) for future foldable device's cover screen & tablet-like applications. The color EPD has the potential to become a mainstream solution for foldable devices' must-have cover/second screen thanks to its excellent power-saving.— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) May 17, 2022