iPad 3 and iPhone 5 to have IGZO panels from Sharp?
Apple’s latest mobile devices, the iPhone 4S and the iPad 2, both use IPS displays, because the company considered that IPS was the best technology for them. But things may change next year.
According to DigiTimes and unnamed sources in Apple’s supply chain, the Cupertino giant intends to use IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) panels for its next generation mobile devices, starting with the new iPad – most likely called iPad 3.
The IGZO panels should be made for Apple by Sharp. IGZO is a technology that enables displays to provide improved light transmittance at high pixel densities, while consuming less energy than IPS panels – so it seems to be a perfect choice for that rumored QXGA (2048 x 1536 pixels) screen that the iPad 3 should come with.
Another report from DigiTimes has it that the new iPad would use a huge 14,000 mAh battery (instead of the 6,900 mAh one featured by the iPad 2).
As for the iPhone 5 (or whatever its final name will be), apart from possibly having an IGZO display, it could come with a completely new design – unlike the iPhone 4S, which is basically an iPhone 4 with new internals.
Of course, none of these details can be confirmed for now.