There were rumors that Apple could be ditching Sharp due to the Japanese company’s inability to meet the demand in the production of display panels used for Apple’s iOS devices, but according to Digitimes that might not be the case as it seems that Apple is reportedly still in talks with Sharp over the possible incorporation of its IGZO display panels in future products. Assuming these talks are successful, Apple is rumored to be interested in making the switch to IGZO in iOS products for 2013, which we assume will include the iPad, iPad mini, and iPhone.
Prior to the launch of the third-gen iPad, it was rumored that Apple could be using IGZO displays for the tablet, but as we can see based on teardowns, Apple decided not to go with IGZO at the very last minute. Considering that these IGZO displays are said to be able to be built under thinner bezels and consume less power, we can certainly see the appeal. Plus with Sharp’s financial struggles, a large order from Apple could certainly help them get back on track, that and Qualcomm’s $120 million investment, of course.
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