Apple iPad 3 IGZO Display Panels in Short Supply; Launch Likely to be Extended

December 30, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The upcoming Apple iPad 3 has climbed on to every possible headline space. We have been regularly updating you about what the next generation iPad would look like. The latest we have for you is that the iPad 3 release might be extended a bit further.

As you know, the Japanese company Sharp is one of the major suppliers of the display panels for the Apple products. We hear Sharp’s IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) displays, produced for the iPad 3 have now gone into short supply mode.

Though the IPS (in-plane switching) panels are used in the present day mobile device displays, the Cupertino-based iGiants have been trying hard to bring in the IGZO display panels into their new products.

The Sharp IGZO display panels are expected to support full HD resolution for the new devices. Apple is depending on these Sharp panels to get 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution in the iPad 3. The panels are so efficient that they don’t need significant extra backlighting or more battery power consumption.

Meanwhile, Sharp will release their new Galapagos tablet models with the IGZO panels next year. The matter of concern centers around the fact that yield rates of IGZO panels are low.

As if making competition stiffer, it is rumored that Samsung is bringing their own display panels that support 2560 x 1600 resolution. You might remember we had earlier updated you about the big 11.6-inch Sammy tablet just weeks ago.

It will be challenging for Apple, if they have to ship 9.8 million iPad 3s in the rumored period of March-April. What do you think?

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