It has been reported that this Fall’s iPhone 5S will include IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide)-based displays, which could help Apple trim power usage by 10 percent. Now, a fresh rumor out of Korea says the mothership will also roll this advanced display technology across its 2014 MacBook and iPad product lines.
Power management is a war of inches and Apple plans to win.
Korea’s Electronic Times reports that Apple will shift portable and tablet products to IGZO-based from TFT displays next year.
IGZO, an oxide semiconductor, is used in TFTs (Thin Film Transistor) that control a supporting (but non-conducting) substrate such as glass. Oxide semiconductors are about 10 times faster in electron mobility than a-Si (amorphous silicon). Therefore, mobile devices equipped with IGZO displays come with batteries with a longer lifespan.
More efficient and longer lasting, sounds like a winning combination and a very Apple-esque move.
That said, Sharp is expected to be the biggest beneficiary of the move, though previous rumors that this once-mighty Japanese display would benefit from Apple largess haven’t panned out.
Is a 10 percent more efficient 2014 MacBook worth the wait or will you be going for this year’s Haswell MacBooks, which deliver up to 60 percent more battery life?