A new report points towards the Sharp IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) high resolution display as being a contender for the next generation iPad 3, according to DisplaySearch analyst, Charles Annis. In an interview with CNET, the analyst indicated that the high resolution Sharp IGZO displays are already in mass production and that Apple could potentially include them in the iPad 3. The analyst also iterated suspicions that the Apple could be targeting sometime in April as the release date for the next generation iPad 3.
Annis suggests that the IGZO displays would hold excellent potential for the iPad 3 because they manufacturers to get a greater brightness with a thinner display, or an equivalent brightness as existing displays but with reduced LEDs in the backlight. This would in turn result in a reduced cost and reduced power requirements for those LEDs, potentially increasing the battery life.
The analyst also cautions that Apple could potentially use two different displays in the iPad 3 whilst achieving similar results. He points towards the amophous silicon panels sourced from Korea as being similar to the Sharp IGZO displays and that the end-user experience could be the same with completely different technologies.
The iPad 3 has been rumored to have a greatly upgraded display in terms of pixel density, bringing it into line with the Retina Display found in the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. Such a display would increase the power consumption of the device and so power reductions elsewhere, such as as in reduced requirements for LED backlighting, could be an attrative proposition for Apple.