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Without any doubts, the most important part of almost any computing device nowadays is its display since in many cases it determines usability and capabilities. Apple has been on the forefront of innovations for several years now and in many cases it had to utilize leading-edge display technologies to create new products. As an analyst from DisplaySearch speculates on Apple’s 2014 roadmap, he make it clear that Apple will depend on display tech for innovations.

Over the past several years, Apple has been an early adapter of display technology as well as a critical part of the supply chain, said David Hsieh, an analyst with DisplaySearch. Rather than relying on display and materials makers to develop the most advanced displays, the company has invested in the supply chain and intervened in the technical direction of its displays. It is clear from its products that Apple is a strong believer in high resolution, wide color gamut and wide viewing angle displays. Apple has several “firsts” in its record: first to adopt a display with more than 300 ppi [pixels per inch] in a smart phone; first to adopt QXGA resolution in a tablet PC; first to integrate cover glass into product design; and of course, first to integrate touch sensor into the display (in-cell touch).

However, rapid developments in technology and manufacturing of LCD and OLED displays have challenged Apple’s leadership in display adoption. Apple is no longer able to offer unique features in its displays as a long-term differentiator. Mobile device brands are adopting the latest displays with large sizes, high resolution, wide color gamut and low color shift wide viewing angle, and low power consumption, supplied by many panel makers not “bounded” by Apple.

Introduction of the iPhone 5S and 5C was the latest example that Apple has been slow in adopting the latest display technologies. While 5” - 6” FHD resolution displays are rapidly growing in the smart phone market, the iPhone has stayed with the 4” 1136*640 screen for over a year and a half. In tablet PCs as well, Apple was once the initiator of advanced displays, but now has become a follower.

Based on supply chain research, DisplaySearch believes Apple is planning to revamp nearly all of the displays in its products over the next year. This would indicate that Apple, once again, intends to count on display technology for new product innovation. We can speculate about Apple’s new products as follows:


In reality, changing to a bigger display or a higher resolution is not as simple as changing the screen. The graphic processing unit (GPU) and operating system match the display hardware. A device with high resolution screen but without high-resolution GPU and OS capabilities is like a soldier driving a powerful tank but using a sword to fight. What Apple does better than any company is integrate the hardware and software, as well as the implementation of the user interface, and finally the content ecosystem.

Apple’s competitors, led by Samsung with its Galaxy series, have been rapidly adopting higher-spec displays. The Galaxy S-IV and Galaxy Note III have full HD (1920*1080) AMOLED displays, 5” and 5.7,” respectively, and there are indications that that a future Galaxy Note will have a flexible AMOLED. Samsung is also expected to release a new Galaxy Tab with a >10” AMOLED screen.

Meanwhile, other smart phone brands like HTC, Huawei, Nokia and Sony are all gearing up with higher resolution, larger displays, as are the tablet PC makers, led by Google and Amazon. With the rapid evolution of technology and expansion in manufacturing capacity, advanced displays are more accessible, and it is necessary for Apple to bring its supply chain to the next level and take advantage of its integration capabilities.

Tags: Apple, iPhone, iPad, iWatch, iOS


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Discussion started: 10/12/13 02:09:11 PM
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...first to integrate cover glass into product design; and of course, first to integrate touch sensor into the display (in-cell touch).

1 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 10/12/13 02:09:11 PM]
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Yeah, wow. Let me guess, according to Anton they invented penicillin and sliced bread as well? Lets see, you have the LG Prada which was the first phone with a capacitive screen, shipped 2 months before the iPhone. And if we go for the first touch screen phone in general, you have to go back to 1993 for the IBM Simon mobile, only 14 years before Apple. But lets not let facts get in the way of rampart fanboyism.
2 0 [Posted by: genie  | Date: 10/14/13 11:46:32 AM]

This is a ridiculous speculation. Apple is not this stupid.

Apple will not come out with a 5.7" phone. Apple will have two smartphones, and decides to push one of them into a tiny niche?

Apple will not come out with a smartwatch. Likely to fail as a product and damage Apple's reputation.

Apple will not come out with a 2732 x 2048 iPad. The current 2048 x 1536 resolution is more than needed and will not need upgrading for decades.
0 1 [Posted by: CSMR  | Date: 10/12/13 08:20:47 PM]

Apple really needs to seriously upgrade their Macbook Pro line.
Their so called top of the line is too small and woefully under spec'd for today's audio visual professionals. Might as well just buy an Air
if this is all they have to offer.
0 0 [Posted by: beck2448  | Date: 10/13/13 09:09:02 PM]


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