Sharp Begins Mass Production of Retina-Resolution IGZO Displays

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    IDG News reports that Sharp has announced the start of mass production of new ultra high-resolution displays based on IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) materials. Early rumors had suggested that Apple might use the IGZO displays in the new iPad, but whether due to later-than-expected availability or other considerations, Apple elected not to do so.

    Apple has, however, also been claimed to be considering IGZO for its rumored television set, which analysts are expecting to debut late this year or early next year.
    In its press release, Sharp gives several different examples of displays at different sizes being manufactured using IGZO materials, including 7-inch tablet screens running at 1280x800 (217 pixels per inch), 10-inch notebook screens running at 2560x1600 (300 ppi), and 32-inch LCD monitor screens running at 3840x2160 (140 ppi).


    Apple's current Mac products typically register at roughly 100-130 ppi, and a rumored 2880x1800 15-inch MacBook Pro would come in at 220 ppi. Sharp's examples of a 10-inch screen at 300 ppi and a 32-inch screen at only 140 ppi don't exactly match up with the pixel density expected for Apple's 15-inch MacBook Pro, but it seems that Sharp may be well on its way toward accommodating such a display while embracing the benefits of the new IGZO materials.

    Article Link: Sharp Begins Mass Production of Retina-Resolution IGZO Displays
  2. macrumors 68030

    Apr 10, 2011
  3. macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    I don't think in their press release they would mention a 15" and it's resolution or a 50" and the resolution just because people would would do the math and assume those pannels were for Apple
  4. macrumors 6502

    Dec 14, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
  5. macrumors newbie

    Mar 22, 2012
    Cool, here are my credit card number and code!
  6. macrumors member

    Aug 26, 2010
    Yay, so the screen in my 'new' iPad is already old? Gotta love Apple.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2011
    it they release a 32" TB with 2160p anytime soon I'll be pretty mad..especially if its anywhere near the old TB price, though I am certain the MBA will not be able to handle it at all lol:p
  8. macrumors regular

    Aug 11, 2011
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2010
    This is the news we've all been wanting to see!!

    Thumbs up if you're happy!
  10. macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    A 90% reduction in power consumption? Amazing. That is definitely going to help extend the battery life of new MBPs and MBAs.
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 1, 2010
  12. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 31, 2005
    New Mexico
    Sweet! With the availability of these screens, Apple might as well start using them in the MacBook lineups!
  13. macrumors regular

    Aug 12, 2008
    Would love me some 15-inch MacBook Pro at 220 ppi.
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Winter Charm

    Jul 31, 2008
    OMG YES YES YES!!!!!

    Bring on the delicious retina displays. PC makers will be struggling to keep up with apple on this!

    And considering the rave reviews of screen clarity on the iPad, I expect the same for every single mac out there! :D :D :D

    If the 27" Cinemadisplay goes Retina... Holy god... I'm buying. :D
  15. macrumors 6502

    Oct 22, 2009
    90% reduction in power consumption? That's it I am buying!
  16. macrumors 6502a

    Winter Charm

    Jul 31, 2008
    No. Actually. But, the screen in all the other macbooks/iMacs/macbook pros became old with the new iPad.

    Now, they will be brought back up to that standard. So, no. In fact, you could say that you had one of the first large-screen retina display devices to be produced by apple :)
  17. macrumors 68030

    Sep 20, 2006
    Aussie living in Canada
    Excited about good battery life offerings. Wonder what it takes the video cards to run that screen though?
  18. macrumors regular


    Apr 10, 2009
    I took that to mean 90% less power consumption than existing high resolution displays. I'd love to be wrong though.
  19. macrumors 68030


    Dec 29, 2010
    Phoenix, AZ
    At the "New iPad" event, Tim Cook made a point of saying that innovations "like this" (presumably the retina display) were going to keep coming this year.

    Looks like 2012 is the year of high resolution displays.
  20. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 6, 2011
    if there would be a hidpi version (4 times the pixel) of the highres (1680x1050) Display, I would sell my 1 year old mbp and buy a new one! :D
  21. macrumors 68000

    Dec 24, 2001
    Carson City, NV
    I hate to say this

    These HiDpi screens will drive a huge replacement cycle for Macs and eventually PC sales, i.e., non mobile devices. Good for everybody, but especially great for Apple.

    For awhile anyway, the PC is back!
  22. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 12, 2003
  23. macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2006
    SLC, Utah
    Me too.
  24. macrumors regular

    Aug 11, 2011
    Well it says compared to those currently in use.
    Kind of vague. But I would assume they mean vs the existing Retina displays.

    I find it hard to believe it can drive that level of resolution AND consume 90% less power than conventional 1080p LCDs/LEDs.
  25. macrumors member

    Sgt. ButtKiss

    Apr 11, 2012
    Well... Sorry mortgage, we are back to minimum payments again :p

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