A new report claims that Apple will be using Sharp and swithc to new IGZO LCD panels for both its next iPad and iPhone, allowing for thinner devices and high-resolution displays.
A closer partnership with Sharp is said to have resulted in modified IGZO — or indium, gallium, zinc — technology to reach 330 dots-per-inch screen resolution, according to analyst Peter Misek with Jeffries. Sharp’s IGZO technology is expected to allow Apple to offer a high-definition display without using the IPS technology currently featured in the iPhone or iPad for superior viewing angles, nor will it necessitate dual-bar LED backlighting
“In our view, this should lead to several design advantages, namely the device can be thinner, battery life should be longer, and the overall experience for users should be meaningfully improved,” Misek wrote in a note to investors this week.
IGZO panels are expected to initially appear in Apple’s third-generation iPad. Misek said that Apple will be able to obtain the panels at a lower-than-expected price due to a high capital commitment from the company to Sharp.
“The IGZO technology is perfect in that it offers near-OLED power consumption while having a lower cost and thinness that is only 25% greater than OLED, based on our checks,” Misek wrote.