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Published on January 8th, 2019 | by The GC Team

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CES 2019: Samsung picks Apple

Samsung says that its new smart TVs will include Apple’s iTunes from Spring of this year, in a move that has been welcomed by CES commentators as a step that will benefit consumers as well as the two tech giants. Samsung’s Dave Das, speaking at the tech show in Las Vegas, called it “a true first.”

The service will offer sales and rentals of films and TV shows, and the smart TVs will also feature AirPlay 2 support that allows users to stream videos, photos and music from Apple devices. The new Apple features will also be available to Samsung’s previous generation of smart TVs via a firmware update.

In other Samsung new from CES, the company’s First Look event highlighted its Modular Micro LED Technology – seen at last year’s CES in a commercial-use context and unveiled then as “The Wall” – being developed for domestic use. The modular nature of Micro LED allows flexibility in screen size to fit any room or space. By adding Micro LED modules, users can create a display that suits their space, décor and lifestyle, even at irregular 9×3, 1×7 or 5×1 screen sizes.

“Further technical advancements made in the ultra-fine pitch semiconductor packaging process, that narrow the gap between the microscopic LED chips,” says Samsung, have allowed the creation of a 4K Micro LED display “in a smaller, more home-friendly 75-inch form factor.”

The Micro LED modules, being bezel-free, can be joined together seamlessly in configurations to suit individual environments.

Samsung Electronics’ President of Visual Display Business, Jonghee Han, said: “For decades, Samsung has led the way in next-generation display innovation.” Our Micro LED technology is at the forefront of the next screen revolution with intelligent, customisable displays that excel in every performance category. Samsung Micro LED has no boundaries, only endless possibilities.”

 

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