Apple looking to use IGZO displays in next-gen iOS devices

By , Dec 27, 2012

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Apple is reportedly in talks with Sharp to use the company’s IGZO (Indium gallium zinc oxide) technology in its next-generation iPhones and iPads. The backplane tech, which has been a hot topic over the past several months, allows for thinner, high resolution displays that require substantially less power…

Here’s DigiTimes with the report:

“Apple is reportedly further evaluating how much IGZO panel supply will be available in 2013 if it were to use the technology in its next generation iPad, iPad mini and iPhone products, according to industry sources.”

Sharp doesn’t have a lot going for it right now, but its IGZO display tech is attracting a lot of attention. In fact, the company has said that it plans to discontinue its work with larger TV panels in order to focus on its mobile game, as a number of high-profile investors, including Qualcomm, have shown interest.

So what’s so special about IGZO technology? Well as aforementioned, it’s a new type of display tech that requires very little power thanks to its higher electron mobility (40x). It’s also thinner, meaning displays, and ultimately devices, can be made thinner. And it’s being used in everything from tablets to television sets.

Looking at the chunky iPad 3/4, it shouldn’t be hard to see why IGZO tech appeals to Apple. The Cupertino company has been rumored to be using IGZO displays in its iOS devices for over a year now, ranging from the third-generation iPad, to this year’s iPad mini. But obviously, those reports have never materialized.

This time seems to be different though, as Apple is said to be talking to AU Optronics, in addition to Sharp, to determine whether or not it could also produce the IGZO panels to help prevent supply shortages. It’s believed that Apple is looking to start incorporating the technology in its mobile devices as early as next year.

I know I certainly wouldn’t mind a thinner iPhone/iPad with better battery life, what about you?

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  • RarestName

    The battery life is already amazing though. Any thinner and I will be able to break it in half if I accidentally sit on it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      that is very true

    • ReanimationXP

      Battery life isn’t amazing, it’s a problem. Until we’re back to a “use for a week without recharging” like non-smartphones are reknowned for, it needs improvement.

      • RarestName

        It can be improved, but I’m pretty sure not everyone can use tablet for 12 hours straight in one day.

      • ReanimationXP

        i was talking about iPhone obviously. why would I relate iPad to a nokia device?

  • Lobo555

    I don’t care for a thinner iPhone the 5 is thing enough give me more battery life! That’s all i’m asking for

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      yeah its thin enough and small enough.. i want more features and better UI

      • Lobo555

        The way i see it no matter how much they improve the UI if the battery is bad it will keep the overall experience will $uck

      • Kurt

        i want better battery life, way more features, much improved UI and a new design. get rid of the ugly 2007 design, oh and larger screen.

        basically i want a lumia 920 haha

  • http://twitter.com/rickz97 Ricky

    Apple should just make bigger battery for iphone rather than making it thinner why not use the extra space for bigger battery. Need it a lot

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      yes that too

  • Ritchie

    But think guys, yes the iPhone 5 is thin enough but if they could make the display that bit thinner they could make the battery that little bit bigger

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      but they wont do that they will just make the case thinner and lighter

  • http://twitter.com/MichaelJDelaney Michael Jay Delaney

    The battery on the 5 seems just fine to be honest. With the addition of a thinner screen that uses less power, perhaps we’ll see a camera upgrade in the coming year. Not to say it NEEDS it but if the front facing camera were on par with the rear I don’t think there would any complaints.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      everything is fine on iPhone except that old as UI

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    this is soo boring.. these are the ind of upgrade the consumer does not care about .. please improve the damn old as UI

    • ReanimationXP

      I like the current UI for the most part and wish people would shut up about it. More people will bitch if it changes than if it’s familiar. It doesn’t make sense to change it up. Stupid companies like Google do with their own typography in Maps, etc which breaks the whole feel of the OS.

      In order to say “change it” you need to first come up with a compelling argument. What’s wrong with it? “Change it because reasons” would never hold up in a board meeting.

      • Kurt

        you can’t call it the “current UI” its from 2007 you moron

      • ReanimationXP

        The incredibly stupid show their face again.

        Is it the the UI that’s currently on your phone you fuckin toolshed? Then it’s the current UI. Not rocket science.

      • Kurt

        Current UI signifies there was another UI preceding the current one. I guess it is rocket science.
        Trivia: What gay boy uses “current” for the same UI since 2007?

      • ReanimationXP

        Worst troll ever, 0/0.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000603361739 Osama Muhammed

    I always thought apple just want to use its hand-made stuff without including any other company name on any of their products

  • http://twitter.com/ExWoW MiKey

    Now these comments are just silly… how can somebody complain about a thinner screen that needs less power? I’m starting to feel like there are only trolls left commenting stuff here… 40%: “blabla don’t care need more battery life” – did you even read the first lines of this article? The article says: “[…]require substantially less power…”. And another 40%: “battery life? don’t care GUI sucks” – guys… hardware and software are two different things and are developed separately. Or in other words: Your comment has nothing to do with this article.

    I personally love the thin and lite iPhone 5 design and it’s battery has always lasted until I came home checking mails, Facebook, Twitter and writing messages all day. A even thinner display with lower power requirements sounds great to me :)

    • Kurt

      words, words…too many words

  • http://twitter.com/FahadMaamari Fahad AlMaamari

    Well apple instead of all that why not spending much time with the iOS redesign and make much interesting