Apple Rumored to Include IGZO Displays in Next-Gen MacBooks to Improve Battery Life
Apple is once again rumored to be considering indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) LCDs for their products, this time for their MacBooks. A report from Korea IT News
has the Cupertino California company talking with Sharp and LG Display in preparation for wider manufacturing. The new MacBooks would reportedly be scheduled to release sometime early in 2014, though the report gives no word on when IGZO-packing iPads would be set for release.
For those of you who donít know, as an oxide semiconductor, IGZO is about 10 times faster in electron mobility tan an amorphous silicon semiconductor. This allows the technology to consume far less power in operation. It also requires smaller wiring, which happens to contribute to its lower power consumption as well. The panels are significantly more expensive than traditional CLDs though, so this could represent an obstacle for Apple in bringing them to the market in the MacBook Pro lineup. Some estimates are saying Apple has to pay 1.5 to 2 times as much for the same panel sizes seen in current models.
A switch to IGZO could help Apple stay on track for improving its next-generation of MacBooks though. When introducing the 2013 MacBook Air, Apple made sure to include Intelís new Haswell processors which end up boosting overall battery life to 12 hours for the 13-inch model. The inclusion of less power-intensive displays could push the next-generation of MacBook Pros to even greater heights.
Weíll have to wait and see if the rumor turns out to be true or if Apple decides to opt for another solution.
Source: Korea IT News