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Apple files several patents for OLED technology

updated 10:15 pm EST, Wed February 9, 2011

Descriptions include phones, tablets, computers

Apple has yet to integrate OLED display technology into any of its products, opting instead for IPS panels and extremely high pixel densities. The company appears to be taking the technology seriously, however, as three of its latest patent applications relate to OLED displays that could be used in smartphones, tablets, computers or televisions.

Aside from the OLED layers, the patent applications do not include much more than technical aspects of the touchscreen systems and overall construction. The descriptions include layouts for touch-actuated sensors, signal routing, substrate, coatings and other details.

Despite the patent applications, it is unclear if or when Apple plans to integrate such technology in its upcoming products. Separate reports suggest the company may be working on an OLED-based iPad, while other rumors point to collaboration with Toshiba and Samsung to develop or purchase AMOLED panels. [via PatentlyApple]











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  1. PRoth

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Insurance

    This patent application, if granted, is just added insurance that covers touchscreen implementation on a competing display technology. So if ever a competitor wanted to one-up Apple there'd be a licensing limitation...

  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -6

    re: Insurance


    That is why patents are bad for innovation.

  1. PRoth

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -5

    @wrench

    In this case, you got it! but then again, wouldn't Apple have to pay something to Samsung for OLED? Maybe they're striking some sort of deal...

  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +7

    Stupid wrench in the works

    Patents DRIVE innovation by forcing a company to develop even better and efficient ways of doing similar things ending up with a superior result and product. Patents are not BAD for innovation, they DRIVE innovation.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Re: Stupid wrench in the works

    Patents DRIVE innovation by forcing a company to develop even better and efficient ways of doing similar things ending up with a superior result and product. Patents are not BAD for innovation, they DRIVE innovation.

    Patents drive innovation. Assumiung a company actually uses the patent and not just getting it so they can control a market or make money when other people get to that point of needing the capability.

    And software patents do nothing but drive developers insane and thwart innovation.

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Good idea.

    Maybe the iPhone 5 will have this? I'm still a fan of LED backlit IPS displays, they are much more robust and won't degrade over time.

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