Apple Mulling IGZO Display For Future iPhones And iPads?

By Sumit Passary email: | Dec 30, 2012 10:54 AM EST

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Reports indicate that Apple is evaluating IGZO technology for its next-generation iPhones and iPads, which is believed to bring enhanced display to the iDevices.

The Indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) technology uses a new thin-film transistor, which provides two unique features on the smartphones: an improved touch response and efficient battery consumption in the handset.

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Per a previous report, Sharp's Aquos Phone Zeta SH-02E is the first smartphone shipping with IGZO panel. Furthermore, The Verge gave a hands-on review of the smartphone and said, "The most impressive part of the demo was an installation emphasizing the IGZO-based display's power efficiency - it used only a quarter of the power of its competitor when idle, and about 25 percent less during active use."

The IGZO technology is relatively new to the smartphone and tablet market and may get implemented in many future devices. Apple, being one of the most popular brands for smartphones and tablets, may not want to be left behind, and would look to have the best in technology so that iDevices keep on appealing to customers.

DigiTimes reported that Apple is assessing the IGZO technology for its iPads and iPhones.

"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," DigiTimes reported.

Rumors of the next-generation full-sized iPad, the iPad mini, and iPhone are already surfacing in the tech market. Furthermore, the next iteration of iPad mini is also expected to get a better display. Apple has been working hard to reduce the thickness of its devices and the IGZO panel may help the company to make even thinner iDevices.

The iPhone 5 is the thinnest of all iPhones and the iPad mini has the same thickness of a regular pencil. We will have to wait and watch if Apple deploys the IGZO technology to the next-generation of iPhones and iPads, and if the IGZO technology will aid in thinning down the iDevices even further.

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