Digitimes has reported that Apple is in talks with Sharp, evaluating the probability of using Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide, in short IGZO display, for the former’s iPad, iPad mini and iPhone products in 2013.
IGZO display provides “smooth touch operation with low level of noise” compared to an a-Si display with the same pixel density. Therefore, less background noise and interference allow precise input and accurate touch operations. Besides, IGZO display consumes less power for both backlight and for driving the panel itself. So, Apple wanted to use this IGZO display tech for its third-generation iPad. But Apple had to back off from the decision as the company found that Sharp was not ready to fulfill Apple’s demand.
Digitimes wrote, “Apple is in further discussions with Sharp over IGZO panel production capacity estimates for 2013 and is also inquiring about whether AU Optronics’ (AUO) L5C line could be used to produce the technology.”