Many rumors have surrounded Apple’s 7.85-inch foray into the diminutive tablet market, the so called the iPad Mini, with claims of a non-retina display, new aspect ratio and leaked parts and images. One of the latest reports suggest that the Cupertino-based company wants to protect the iPad Mini display with an ITO (Indium Tin Oxide) layer to help reduce radio noise.
ITO is a transparent layer that conducts electricity and helps reduce radio interference, resulting in better connectivity with cellular and Wi-Fi networks. Using this additional ITO layer, the performance of the iPad Mini antennas will be optimized so that the cellular receiver won’t have to struggle so much with capturing a signal – thus saving valuable battery resources.
The ITO film is the product of a Taiwanese company called Efun Technology, which got a lot of attention, as their profits have doubled since they’ve started producing the ITO films. A big part of their profit surge came from producing parts for Samsung and now it seems like Apple is going in the same direction.
It would be nice to see if this technology actually makes it in to Apple’s future products, but we’ll have to wait until next month to see which, if any, of the iPad Mini and iPhone 5 rumors we’ve seen in recent months are true.
Via – iDownloadBlog