Apple will switch to Sharp IGZO LCD panels for future iPads and iPhones, allowing for thinner, higher resolution, and lower power consuming devices, according to Jeffries analyst Peter Misek.
First reported by AppleInsider, Mr. Misek’s told clients that developments of the IGZO — indium, gallium, zinc — LCD displays, now matured, has allowed the technology to reach a high pixel density of 330 dots per inch, resulting in “Retina-quality” displays for larger screens as found on the iPad.
Notably, the IGZO displays would not require dual-LED backlights, a necessity for IPS displays that Apple was rumored to be looking into earlier this month. The displays will also allow Apple to create thinner devices with lower power consumption.
In a note to investors, Mr. Misek stated that Apple’s adoption of Sharp’s IGZO technology “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.”
The report states that it expects IGZO panels to make their debut in Apple’s third generation iPad, to arrive early next year, and that they should also be featured in Apple’s next iPhone, expected later in 2012.
Sharp, on its part, is projecting a strong forecast for the technology and has stated publicly that it’s IGZO displays will primarily be for “tablet terminals.”
OLED-Info.com also believes that IGZO displays are just the first step in a long partnership between Apple and Sharp, which will culminate with OLED-based Apple Televisions in the next three-to-five years.