Apple switching from Samsung to Sharp display panels for the new iPad in the summer, might thin the tablet
Sharp's IGZO display technology, although reportedly superior to the current panels in the new iPad, wasn't nearly as ready for the millions of sales that the iPad produces when the tablet got announced.
Now Apple seems to be content with the IGZO yields from Sharp, and Foxconn even bought a stake in the Japanese firm, in order to facilitate its position as Cupertino's chief assemblyman.
Supply chain sources are saying that Apple will switch over the summer to 50% Sharp IGZO screens, from 60-70% Samsung-made Resolutionary panels now in the new iPad, with the bulk of the rest going to LG.
The sources also indicate that the new iPad with Sharp-made display will be thinner and with better battery life, all valid upgrades considering the screen specs that the IGZO technology makes possible. We take it with a grain of salt about the slimmer design and improved battery, though, as that would irk those who bought the non-IGZO iPads, but we'll keep our eyes peeled for the eventual tide of iOS tablets with Sharp-ened displays.