DigiTimes, the “sometimes correct, sometimes WAY off” website, reports that Apple is evaluating whether or not it’s feasible to use IGZO displays across their iPad (including the mini), and iPhone product lines in 2013.
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.
Rumors have flown in the past year about Apple possibly using Sharp’s IGZO displays, but no Apple products are reported to be using the technology yet. Production delays have been discussed as a possible reason Apple has yet to use the technology.
Sharp is reportedly pinning its hopes for saving the company on IGZO, and Qualcomm recently invested in the company to push the technology forward.
Lower power consumption, improved touch sensitivity, and increased pixel density are among the benefits touted for the IGZO technology’s advantages over current display tech.
The glass edge of each display can also be made slimmer, allowing for smaller devices. Always a plus.
Such improvements would be hugely useful in Apple’s constant search for ways to advance their products.