AAPL Stock: 118.5 ( + 0.69 )

Printed from

Shortages may be guaranteeing no AMOLED for next-gen iPad

updated 12:35 pm EST, Fri December 17, 2010

Supply already too low for existing demand

Supplies may be an overriding reason why Apple is sticking with LCDs for the second-generation iPad, rather than switching to AMOLED technology, a Taiwanese report suggests. Panel makers claim that AMOLED is, at present, unsuited to mass production of 7- to 11-inch screens, and would be too expensive relative to LCD regardless. Samsung Mobile Display is in fact said to be unable to produce enough AMOLEDs for cellphones like the Galaxy S and Nexus S, much less a tablet as large as the iPad.

AMOLED has several advantages over LCD, such as typically better brightness, and greater contrast, since no backlight is required. It's a relatively nascent technology however, such that Samsung and LG are still developing AMOLED TVs. The next iPad design is expected to require a 9.7-inch display, since Apple CEO Steve Jobs has dismissed the 7-inch format used by tablets like the PlayBook and Galaxy Tab.

by MacNN Staff



Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.


Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook


Most Popular


Recent Reviews

Ultimate Ears Megaboom Bluetooth Speaker

Ultimate Ears (now owned by Logitech) has found great success in the marketplace with its "Boom" series of Bluetooth speakers, a mod ...

Kinivo URBN Premium Bluetooth Headphones

We love music, and we're willing to bet that you do, too. If you're like us, you probably spend a good portion of your time wearing ...

Jamstik+ MIDI Controller

For a long time the MIDI world has been dominated by keyboard-inspired controllers. Times are changing however, and we are slowly star ...


Most Commented