Apple to Adopt IGZO Displays for Future iPads and MacBooks?

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    Apple is planning to expand its adoption of IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) displays to reduce the energy consumption of its mobile devices, reports etnews.com (via Patently Apple).
    IGZO is a semiconducting material that has forty times more electron mobility than the standard amorphous silicon that is used as the active layer of an LCD screen, allowing for higher resolution displays, better reaction times, and less power consumption.

    The report suggests that in addition to expanding to IGZO displays for the MacBook, Apple is also planning to use them in the iPad. Apple is said to be relying on Sharp for the displays, and last year news surfaced that Sharp had already begun mass production of IGZO displays that could be used in future Apple products.

    The site expects IGZO MacBooks to appear in the first half of 2014, but does not note when an IGZO iPad might make an appearance. Apple is expected to release a new, thinner fifth generation iPad later this year.

    (Thanks, MobilesPie!)

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    That would be a step towards better battery life than the competition, for sure. I think we'd all like to see better battery life out of these machines. Personally the only iDevice that has unacceptable battery life to me at this point is the iPhone.
     
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    I'm only slightly familiar with IGZO displays. Is there any loss of quality compared to the displays that apple is currently using?

    It is my understanding that the quality would be the same and the IGZO difference is really the power distribution. Is this correct?
     
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    I hoped for this year in the MBP.
     
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    My only worry is the yellow tint..... :(
     
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    Looking forward to an all-day iPad.
     
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    I wish I were smart enough to invent a much longer lasting and smaller battery. It would go great with technology like this!
     
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    Awesome! No MBP Retina till 2014?
     
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    iPad 5 for sure - the only way to put retina in a device as thin as the iPad Mini. IGZO iPad Mini to come...
     
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    This is all well and good, but what will the quality of the display be? I have concerns.
     
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    When computers and tablets (and phones!) last all day, people will still complain... "I want my iPad to last 2 or 3 days on a charge!" etc.
     
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    Haha, I imagine that would make a lot of people angry. But certainly wouldn't be surprising. It's the best computer Apple have ever made and they admitted it themselves (not sure where the new Mac Pro fits into the quote though.) It makes sense that they'd want to wait and make sure they were releasing a perfect product.
     
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    Other brands have already the efficient and superior IGZO-displays.

    IGZO-retina display, Haswell CPU+IGP & Mavericks would be a “deadly” combination. ;-)
     
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    wasnt IGZO the name of that Olympic Mascot ??

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    I hope image retention is not a "feature" of such displays!
     
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    Hmmm...

    My iPad already last 3 days or so, on one charge.

    It's my iPhone (4S) that can barely get through 6 hours...
     
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    This will be incredible if they reach MacBooks. It's amazing how far battery life has come even in the past decade, when 3-4 hours was 'good'!
     
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    Apple Rev. A products are never “perfect”. You should know that.
     
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    Why the hell aren't these going in the iPhone 5s? :confused:
     
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    Your iPad doesn't last all day already? I usually charge once a week. A couple times I've even gotten the pop up "You haven't backed up to iCloud in 2 weeks" and I realized that I hadn't plugged IN my iPad in two weeks... That's pretty phenominal.
     
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    True, but why shouldn't we? We are the consumers after all.
     
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    AFAIK, Sharp has production related problems.

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    Which generation & OS?
     
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    This is one update that can't come quickly enough! Great tech, and it will be brilliant to see it in Apple Tech.

    I hope it's adopted across all Apple devices, subject to there being sufficient supply to meet demand. The only addition I'm hoping for now is eInk keyboards.
     
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    No, it actually allows for an increase in quality. IGZO is generally capable of higher pixel densities (not that Apple will be increasing that anytime soon on their Retina screens, though).
     
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    am hoping this is why the retina MacBook hasn't been updated yet apple is using these new bad boys
     

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