Apple May Switch To IGZO Displays For MacBooks This Year

IGZO displays could soon replace the MacBook Pro's current amorphous silicon (a-SI) tech. IHS believes the switch will occur later this year, with Samsung and Sharp beginning to supply new IGZO panels by the middle of 2017.

Compared to a-Si, IGZO has 40x greater electron mobility at the active layer of its LCD screen. The technology enables lower power consumption, greater touch sensitivity, and increased pixel density. The downside is that IGZO carries higher manufacturing costs.

While the technology has been widely available for years, it appears Apple has only used IGZO on the iPad so far.