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According to a new report, upcoming iPads and MacBook laptops should feature significantly better battery life thanks to their use of IGZO display panels. The technology, which uses indium gallium zinc oxide, was co-developed by Sharp and Semiconductor Energy Laboratories.

Apple has long been rumored to adopt the use of IGZO display panels in its mobile products, but production issues and other barriers have prevented this from happening. But if today’s news holds true, that could change as early as this year thanks to supply chain advancements…

PatentlyApple points to a report from Korea’s IT News:

“According to a new report today from Korea’s IT News, Apple will expand the adoption of IGZO displays in order to lessen mobile devices’ energy consumption. Apple is now reportedly in serious talks with Sharp and LG.

The sources are stating that Sharp is sinking its teeth into raising the production of IGZO panels while LG Display is upgrading its AM OLED and LCD production lines to ones capable of rolling out IGZO panels.”

As we’ve discussed before, IGZO displays offer a few advantages over conventional panels. The thin-film transistors used in the screens let more light in, meaning the number of LEDs can be reduced, and they have a high pixel density—both of which can help increase battery life.

IGZO display or not, Apple is widely expected to introduce a new 9.7-inch iPad this fall. It’s said to feature an all new design, with an outer shell that resembles that of the iPad mini, ie: thinner bezels and rounded edges. And there’s also been talk of a Retina mini in the works.

  • Tim smith

    Ea has paid games for free in celebration of app stores 5th birthday:) (dead space, mirrors edge ect)

    • rasengan720 .

      Are the nfs games free too?

      • Pedro Gonsalez

        Not yet! Here’s to wishful thinking though :p

  • Gróf Attila

    waiting for the retina mini…pls hurry up…

    • 4p0c4lyps3

      Word, mofo, word! No doubt. +1

  • Johnathan Jennings

    Been talk of retina mini in the works? People have been talking about a retina mini since before the mini was even released. Recent rumors are saying that it WON’T be retina, if anything.

    • Diego Gastón Milano

      It probably will.

    • ReanimationXP

      I think it would be a very poor decision to not use Retina at this point.

      • n0ahcruz3

        Damn right. If it’s not retina then theres no reason to upgrade.

  • Guest

    How can a high pixel density

  • Pawan

    How can a high pixel density contribute to a better battery life?

    • 4p0c4lyps3

      It wldnt, but here’s to hopes of a more efficient battery tech to compensate.

  • Yash Gorana

    After release of an OS which consumes lot of battery, this had to be done. Better late than never.

    • Mohammed Sahib

      Battery life of my iPad 2 is very good on iOS 7, comparable to iOS 6 if not better.

  • n0ahcruz3

    As long as they double the battery life i’ll be a happy sheep. I refuse to put those bulky battery cases.

  • seyss

    what we need is a new battery technology

    • Mohammed Sahib

      I’ve been saying this for ages. Current battery tech is way behind the rest of the phone’s hardware.

    • Kurt

      Apple should make a bigger phone. Then they can put in a bigger battery. Note 2, which is too big for some, but it has a much larger screen, and is pushing more pixels and a faster processor, etc etc and it has a much much better battery life. If Apple wants to keep the screen small, then make it a swappable battery. All phones, except for the iphone of course, here comes with a free 2nd battery and a separate charger for the 2nd battery.