Apple’s latest devices, the iPhone 4S and the iPad 2, use IPS panels, but things may change next year.
According to DigiTimes and unidentified sources in the supply chain of Apple, Cupertino giant intends to use IGZO panels (zinc oxide, indium and gallium) in the next generation of mobile devices, starting with the new iPad – very probably called iPad 3.
The panels come from Sharp IGZO. IGZO is a technology that ensures higher density of pixels, thus consuming less energy than the same IPS panel – so it seems to be a perfect choice for those who speak of a screen QXGA (2048 x 1536 pixels) for the iPad 3.
Another report from DigiTimes says that the new iPhone would use a huge battery of 14,000 mAh (instead of 6,900 mAh).
As for the iPhone 5 (or whatever its final name), plus the ability to have a screen IGZO, could come with a completely new design – unlike the iPhone 4S, which is basically an iPhone 4 with new internal parts.
Of course, none of these details have been confirmed so far.