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Apple cancels contract with Nanoco, farewell to Quantum Dots

febrero 8, 2020

iphone xi iphone 11 iconLast year, the British company Nanoco announced a contract with a large American company, whose name was kept secret, regarding the extension of a nanomaterials production plant. These were Quantum Dots, semiconductor nanocrystals used in the design of screens and photographic sensors.

Nanoco had demonstrated its strength by explaining that its technology made it possible to create miniature cameras capable of capturing up to three times more light than standard models on the market. We were almost certain that the American company was Apple, the latter having published some patents on this subject in the past.

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Apple cancels Nanoco deal, no revolution on iPhone 11

Unfortunately for Nanoco, The Telegraph, which confirmed that the partner was indeed Apple, informs us that the contract for $ 21.7 million has just been canceled. It would represent more than half of the annual income of the English firm, which made fall the market value of 75% in a few hours.

Apple engineers believed that the technology was too expensive to mass produce, and therefore impossible to place in an iPhone, at least at the moment. The contract was to allow Cupertino to equip its iPhone 11 with these new Quantum Dots sensors.

Despite this downside, we already know that Apple is preparing a small revolution on the iPhone 11 with the arrival of triple sensors on the most expensive models, and a double on the iPhone 11R. Apple continues to work on the camera every year, and it will probably take until the iPhone 12 to take advantage of a technology change. Yes, we doubt that Apple simply cancels this kind of contract to stay there. It certainly has a battle plan to produce medium-term Quantum Dots sensors, why not with another partner like Sony.

For your information, Quantum Dots technology is in vogue with televisions like Samsung QLEDs for example. It replaces LEDs with stronger contrast and better energy management.