Year 2013 will be big, as we will witness tech giants producing a flurry of innovative gadgets, not to lead but to propel and survive in this competitive market. Apple already understands the importance of innovation and, needless to say, they will (have to) innovate this year. If the rumors are true, Apple is currently working on the next-gen iPhone (labelled as iPhone 5S) and also on their popular iPad tablets.
According to a report from Digitimes, Apple is in talks with Japanese manufacturer Sharp for display panels. The fruit company is itching for more number of panels from Sharp — they want IGZO (Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide) display panels for the next-gen iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches. Only time will tell if Sharp can muster the undeclared number of panels required, but these are special kind of screens — one that Apple planned to include in the New iPad but struggled to execute it.
While we don’t have the nitty-gritty details on the next-gen Apple devices, but it goes without saying that these devices will be much more powerful than the current iDevices we have in the market.
IGZO display panels are better than those found in the current iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. These ultra-thin display features a higher pixel density, making the icons and text much more clearer. If the next batch of Apple devices features IGZO panels, then the iDevices will be lighter and much more efficient, as IGZO panel consumes less power.
9to5Mac spent some hands-on time with IGZO display, and this is what they had to say, with the hands-on video below:
We found it to be pretty impressive, as it can be built under a 2 mm bezel, and it features a smoother touch and the ability to consume one-fifth to one-tenth of the power consumed by a-Si displays (which would lead to smaller batteries in devices).
Interesting, isn’t it? This year we saw Apple facing issues in the supply department. The iPhone 5 was sold out in some parts of the world as you know, but Sharp has sanctioned license to Innolux Corporation for creating more panels using IGZO technology, hoping that the existing supply constraints will come to an end.