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    Default Apple Looks into Using IGZO Displays for 2013 iOS Device Lineups


    Based on a new DigiTimes report, Apple is evaluating the feasibility of using IGZO displays across their new iPad, iPad mini, and iPhone product lineups in 2013. The report mentioned the following regarding the topic:

    The sources said Apple is in further discussions with Sharp over IGZO panel production capacity estimates for 2013 and is also inquiring about whether AU Optronics' (AUO) L5C line could be used to produce the technology.
    This isnít exactly the first time weíve heard about Sharpís IGZOís display possibly being used but so far, Apple products havenít used the technology in their products. The fact we havenít seen any of the IGZO displays may be due to a production delay but it isnít certain. It was Qualcomm who recently invested in Sharp to help push the technology forward. Sharp is reportedly betting on IGZO to save the company, which seems to be in a dire financial situation.

    The IGZO displays supposedly have many benefits over existing technology. The folks over at PCWorld note lower power consumption, improved touch sensitivity and increased pixel density as some of the benefits. The following was said about the displays:

    This difference in current flow inside the screen also means that transistors don't have to be continually refreshed when a still image is on the screen. That leads to lower power consumption and, for touch panels, much less interference from the screen's electronics so the touch panel becomes more accurate and sensitive, said Nobuhiro Okan, a manager with Sharp's display device group.
    These improvements would definitely be highly desired for Apple products as it would help advance the lineups. More specifically, the iPad actually found itself both thicker and heavier in the third generation model in order to accommodate the battery for the power-hungry Retina display. Display power consumption and thickness also seem to be likely factors that prevented the iPad mini from adopting a Retina display in the first place for the first generation lineup. Recent rumors are already suggestion that the 2013 fifth generation iPad could be slightly thinner and smaller than the current models.

    Whether or not IGZO displays make it to the next generation iOS product lineup, the only way weíll find out is by being patient.

    Source: DigiTimes, PCWorld via MacRumors

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    Apple doesn't need any more pixel density...

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    Quote Originally Posted by *T* View Post
    Apple doesn't need any more pixel density...
    But it needs to be lighter. Do you understand that this technology is lighter and has better power consumption? That's the key. How can you make a retina displayed ipad mini and keep power life the same? This is how.

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    totally agree, I think it is a great idea and I Would love to see this technology in apple products.

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    Quote Originally Posted by *T* View Post
    Apple doesn't need any more pixel density...
    Huh? Why not? How has pixel density negatively affected your life?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jahooba View Post
    Huh? Why not? How has pixel density negatively affected your life?
    Hahahahaha

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