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Supply Constraints Preventing OLED For Next-Generation iPad

by on December 17th, 2010

The rumor of Apple adopting OLED technology on its iOS displays has been around since the iPhone 3GS days. Even though the idea has been expected, OLED has never shown up.

Last week, DigiTimes published a report stating that backlight suppliers for the next iPad had been chosen, ending additional OLED expectations.

Today, a new report from DigiTimes comments on the overall OLED industry and indicates supply constraints as the main reason to why Apple has not yet adopted the display technology in their iOS devices.

With backlight unit (BLU) makers set to be suppliers for the second generation of iPad, AMOLED will still be unable to enter Apple’s supply chain. Panel makers have noted that a major reason for Apple to overlook AMOLED for iPads is insufficient supplies.

Other than supply, an additional challenge to OLED includes component costs, which for the 9.7-inch iPad display, is costly and not appropriate for mass market production as compared with LCD.

[DigiTimes]

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