Sharp, a leading display maker and Apple supplier, will soon begin the production of new IGZO displays with the “highest pixel density” yet, and those high-resolution screens could make their way to the next-generation MacBook Pro with Retina display. The displays will range in size between 11.6 inches and 15.6 inches, as reported by 9to5Mac.
IGZO technology enables smaller thin-film transistors and increased light transmittance. As a result, fine text can be rendered crisply and clearly, and images can be displayed with impressive realism. For example, the 14-inch panel boasts a pixel density of 262 ppi, which represents 1.67 times the number of pixels of full high definition.
Increased light transmittance also means lower rates of energy consumption, with IGZO technology reducing the amount of power required to drive liquid crystals during the display of still images. These factors lead to greater energy efficiency and longer battery life on notebook PCs. IGZO technology is also compatible with stylus-input touchscreen functionality.
The resolutions of these IGZO displays for notebooks will range between 2,560 x 1,440 pixels and 3,200 x 1,800 pixels, yielding pixel densities of 253 PPI and 235 PPI respectively. Sharp will work to expand these displays to smartphones (perhaps including the iPhone), tablets, notebooks and TVs over time. Apple is expected to refresh its MacBook lineup at WWDC next month.