Apple Might Use IGZO Panels To Keep Retina Display-Equipped iPad 3 Thin

News | Thursday December 29 2011 1:51 PM | Comments (0) Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

, continuing its spree of
, now reports that Apple would be using IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) flat panels instead of IPS (in-plane switching panels) in future products like the
Starting with the new iPads, Apple will utilize IGZO panels from Sharp in order to upgrade the display resolution of the new tablets to full HD level, the sources [in Apple ‘s supply chain] indicated.
notes, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard chatter about Apple using IGZO panels in their future products. Jefferies analyst Peter Misek, in a research note,
we believe that Apple and Sharp together have a modified IGZO (indium, gallium, zinc) technology to achieve 330 dpi, which is sufficient for an HD display while not using IPS nor having to include dual-bar LED backlighting. In our view, this should lead to several design advantages, namely the device can be thinner, battery life should be longer, and the overall experience for users should be meaningfully improved.
IGZO panels allow high resolution displays to be compact, energy efficient and cheaper to manufacture. A
 in April this year, notes that these panels would be manufactured alongside LCD panels for TVs in a Japanese plant.
are to be believed, Sharp is increasingly becoming an important supplier of components used in
. The relationship between the two companies is blossoming, with
. (Maybe the
is to blame, or it’s just that Sharp is innovating at a better rate.)
Knowing Apple ‘s trend of trimming down on device dimensions, this claim sounds much more likely than

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