According to a new DigiTimes report, Apple is evaluating the feasibility of using IGZO displays across their iPad, iPad mini and iPhone products in 2013.
The Cupertino-based tech giant is reportedly in talks with Sharp to use the company’s IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) display technology in next-generation iPhones and iPads, but low yield rates have prompted Apple to look at other Asian display makers in efforts to bolster its supply chain.
Rumours point out that Apple is further evaluating Sharp’s IGZO panel production capacity for 2013 ahead of rolling out the technology in upcoming iPhone, iPad and iPad mini models.
Sharp has been allocated some investments by Foxconn, Apple’s manufacturing partner, and last April, Sharp announced that it had begun producing bulk volumes of IGZO panels.
Apple is reportedly analyzing how many of these will be available for it next year before deciding whether or not to go with IGZO technology for its next-generation of devices.
Apparently, Apple originally planned on using the IGZO technology on iPad 3 but could not because of Sharp’s production constraints, prompting Apple to revert to the more conventional amorphous silicon technology. Apple sourced display components for its iPad 3 from AU
Optronics, LG Display, and Samsung, but several reports in the past indicated Apple is interested in the IGZO technology.
In late November, Sharp announced a 32-inch 4K monitor that uses its LGZO LCD tech, and which is expected to hit the Japanese market in February 2013.
According to Sharp, it is the thinnest monitor frame on the market at just 35mm.
Sharp is also expected to put its IGZO displays in the hands of consumers in the near future, as it recently announced its first 7-inch tablet to take advantage of the technology’s low-power consumption features.