According to the infamous DigiTimes, Apple is reportedly in talks with both Sharp and AU Optronics about using IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) display technology in future iOS devices.
By utilizing IGZO technology, Apple would be able to create devices with thinner displays; as a result, the thinness of the device itself would be marginally thinner overall.
Apple is inquiring about how much supply for the new displays could be available if it used the technology in its future iPhone, iPad and iPad mini products.
In addition to being thinner, three other advantages to this display panel technology include smaller pixels for higher resolution screens, higher reaction speeds and improved power efficiency — yes, that translates to improved battery life.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about Apple implementing IGZO technology in its display panels for iOS devices. Earlier this month, a report claimed that Apple will possibly use IGZO displays in the next-generation iPhone.
Moreover, the highly speculated Apple HDTV set is also said to utilize the same display panel technology. Sharp has been producing IGZO panels in 7-inch, 10-inch and 32-inch sizes, so this rumor could have some validity to it. At the same time, DigiTimes has a mixed track record when it comes to Apple rumors.
I’m excited about potentially having an even thinner iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. You?