Apple will reportedly adopt IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) displays in order to lessen mobile devices' energy consumption, including Macbooks and the iPad.
Korean etnews.com today cited "industry insiders" and reported that Apple has been in talks with LCD panel manufacturers who have been supporting IGZO - Sharp and LG Display.
IGZO is used in TFTs that control a supporting 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 have a longer battery life.
The report adds that Apple will expand the application of IGZO displays to the iPad and to introduce IGZO displays to the upcoming MacBook, slated for release in the first half of next year.
Sharp has been trying to promote its IGZO panels while LG Display is also upgrading its AMOLED and LCD production lines to ones capable of rolling out IGZO panels.