Rumor: Apple to use Sharp IGZO panels for Retina display iPad 3
Randomly accurate rumor site Digitimes is reporting from "industry sources" that Apple plans to utilize Sharp's IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) technology in the iPad 3, which has been rumored to come packed with a 2048x1536 Retina display.
Speculation that LG and Samsung, expected producers of the Retina display panels for the next iPad, had run into production issues could indicate why Apple has turned to Sharp, or at least added Sharp to the mix. to churn out the 2048×1536 panels needed for a true HD experience, but yield rates are still said to be an issue even with the switch to IGZO technology.
It's quite possible still -- even likely -- that Apple will be pushing out a high-resolution iPad scheduled for a Spring 2012 release, but only time will tell given all the conjecture and assumptions floating around.
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