Apple launched ‘the new iPad’ and the retina display is the USP of this new offering. A resolution of 2048 X 1536 with PPI (Pixel per Inch) of 264 will provide a stunning experience when using images and videos. While everyone is drooling over these specs, the suppliers of these displays are having a tough time. According to analysts, the yields of producing these displays are not as high as Apple expected and this could very well result in display shortage and thus delay. Already the pre-orders are getting delayed.
These retina displays are being manufactured by Sharp, Samsung and LG. According to NPD DisplaySearch , Sharp is facing troubles in producing these on a large scale. The reason is the distinct technology used by Sharp. Sharp is using IGZO (Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide) thin-film transistors whereas Samsung and LG are using Silicon based. IGZO allows for higher brightness with a reduced number of LED’s in the backlight.
IGZO is important as it reduces the number of LED’s and thus power consumption. iPad 2 has 36 LED’s and according to DisplaySearch’s analysts, the new iPad (iPad 3) should have at least 72. This increases power consumption and thus battery life gets affected. Rumors are flying that Sharp already switched to Silicon based thin-film transistors to ramp up the production. Do you think that the retina display may prove to be a dampener on the new iPad’s battery life?