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Apple reportedly using new display tech for iPad 3

Supply chain reports released on Friday indicate that Apple (s aapl) will opt for indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) instead of in-plane switching (IPS) display panels for its upcoming iPad 3. The change would provide benefits in terms of energy consumption, cost reduction and improved resolution.

The report, which comes via DigiTimes, suggests that Apple will source the IGZO panels from Sharp and that they will allow Cupertino to release an iPad 3 that has “full HD” displays without added bulk, something some reports have suggested wasn’t possible with IPS LCD technology.

DigiTimes doesn’t specify the resolution of the displays, and its reputation is somewhat tarnished by claims on Thursday that new iPads could be unveiled at Macworld/iWorld in January. But IGZO displays actually make a lot of sense for Apple, and this isn’t the first time we have heard the company might use them.

Back in November, MacRumors noted that Jefferies analyst Peter Misek claimed that Apple would use the IGZO panels in the iPad 3 in order to achieve 330 ppi resolution (which would exceed the 326 ppi of the iPhone 4 and make for a true Retina Display) while avoiding the use of IPS and dual-bar LED lighting. That would allow the iPad 3 to be as thin or thinner than its predecessor and also offset battery costs related to improved screen resolution, Misek said.

DigiTimes may be hit-and-miss with its supply chain rumblings, but this report makes a lot of sense in terms of Apple’s likely goals with next-generation iPad technology. As long as the IGZO technology looks good, battery cost reductions and a decreased physical footprint definitely seem like things Apple would want to pursue. A thicker iPad 3 with worse battery life than the iPad 2 definitely doesn’t seem like an ideal successor to Apple’s tablet legacy, in any case.

18 Responses to “Apple reportedly using new display tech for iPad 3”

  1. Shawn King

    “DigiTimes may be hit-and-miss with its supply chain rumblings…”

    I started because of sites like Digitimes and comments like the above.

    We’ve been tracking their Apple rumors for six months. In that time frame, they have posted 24 Apple rumors. Take a guess at how many have been proven true….






    So, to contradict the above sentence, Digitimes is “miss and miss” when it comes to Apple rumors. Reputable sites should stop using them as sources for their stories.

  2. IGZO makes perfect sense and is the natural progression for the iPad. It will make the display worth watching real video for the full experience. I am not surirised by this move. 330 ppi gives amazing clarity and depth. Good choice – if the iPad3 also adds some additional new benefits – then I will upgrade again.

  3. “With iCloud users can store photos, apps, calendars and access songs on iTunes without having them to store in the phone’s memory”… quite right… so give all your stuff to someone else to look after (you do trust them don’t you?), but don’t moan when your internet connection goes down or there’s a problem with their system and you can’t get at anything! Anyone remember RIM?

  4. WTF, you are all supposed to comment on ipad3 but you talked about the pop=ups. GTFOH.

    For ipad-3 it’s a long wait. they don’t even start the production. If someone lives out of the US, it’s at least a year of waiting.