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Apple has acquired LuxVue Technology, a company that makes low-power displays for mobile electronics, according to TechCrunch. Citing sources close to the transaction, the site reports that the iPad-maker has added LuxVue to its hardware innovations team.

Little is known about the deal, and even less is known about the company. Other than its big $43 million in funding, LuxVue has managed to fly under the radar. Patents reveal, however, that it specializes in micro-LED tech that could be used in future iOS devices…

Here’s the report from TechCrunch:

Apple has acquired LuxVue Technology, a stealthy company that had been working on micro-LED, screen technologies, we’ve heard from sources close to the transaction. The company had raised $43 million in funding from Kleiner Perkins, iD Ventures America and others.

LuxVue had managed to remain fairly quiet over the past few years, and what we know is that the company develops low-power, micro-LED-based displays for consumer electronics. We’ve heard Apple acquired the company to add to their hardware innovations area.

And here’s an excerpt from a previous TC report on the company:

He said the company has invested in another stealth company called Luxvue that he claims has a technical breakthrough in displays. He explained that displays waste a lot of energy and a more efficient display would waste far less battery power. 

Apple has confirmed the acquisition with the site by offering up its boilerplate statement: ‘Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.’ It’s not known, however, when the deal was completed.

During the company’s earnings call last week, Tim Cook announced that Apple has acquired 24 companies in the last 18 months. He noted that it’s not in a race to spend the most or acquire the most, but “in a race to make the best products that enrich people’s lives.”

Other recently-reported Apple acquisitions include speech recognition firm Novauris, testing platform developer Burstly, and burst photo app-maker SnappyLabs.

  • Nice, this sure will be a great way to bump battery life…if done right. Let’s hope the gain in battery life significantly outweighs the drop due to excess thinnovation, ’cause it’ll suck if it’s going to just keep the battery life the same.

    • N&LH

      “drop due to excess thinnovation”, we have not seen iPhone 6 yet. So it is better to wait then you can start criticize.

      • Understood. It was just simple deductive reasoning:

        “- Based on rumors and Apple’s hardware history, the iPhone 6 is going to have a bigger screen, yet cut down on volume by being thinner.

        – Based on common physics, by cutting down on the volume, you’re reducing the available space for internal components, like the battery.”

        So, due to that drop in thinness (which I referred to as excess thinnovation as my iPhone 4s is thin enough), there’s a loss of potential battery capacity.

      • N&LH

        I agree with you . But Apple suppliers might overcome this issue. As I read one of the articles

        “iPhone 6 would pack battery cells that are 2mm in thickness, instead of the normal thick battery components.”

        I think the standard is 2.8mm. That is why suppliers having issue.

      • David Villamizar

        I cannot agree more, but I think we are not taking the price of such battery life. I don’t really know the extra cost it would bring to add a larger battery. I think the way this battery life should be improved, is by making the battery killer components more efficient. This is the way Apple handles this issues, as we’ve seen with the M5.

        Maybe the next step should be making GPS chips more efficient, or, as this article shows, display energy efficiency is the way Apple will improve.

      • Agreed, it’s their marketing technique.

  • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

    battery life?