We’ve got another iPad 3 rumor for you this morning, regarding the tablet’s screen. According to sources in Apple’s supply chain, Apple is planning to switch to IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) flat panel displays instead of the IPS (in-plane switching) that it currently uses.
The IGZO panels are reportedly produced by Sharp, and can reach a higher resolution than traditional displays. These panels are necessary for the rumored 2048×1536 next generation iPad resolution, as they also do not require extra backlighting or battery power, which will result in a thinner device.
Apple has been able to obtain the expensive tablets at a lower cost due to a large initial investment with Sharp. To produce the new screens, Sharp has switched a portion of its large-screen panel production to the smaller size needed for smartphones and tablets.
While Digitimes is often a dubious source of information (its assertion of a January iPad was quickly discredited just days ago), this isn’t the first time that IGZO panels have come up in the stream of Apple rumors. Analyst Peter Misek announced that Apple would be using IZGO panels back in November, and shortly after, The Wall Street Journal followed up with a report stating that Apple had paired up with Sharp.