It seems like we’ve been crowing for years about the promise of IGZO — a display technology that radically improves power efficiency, allowing for thinner, lighter, longer-lasting devices — for ages, but with the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display, Apple finally started actually delivering on that promise. But what now? A new job application suggests that the next generation of Mac laptops might get IGZO too, paving the way for new design possibilities.
Over the past week, a number of new positions, the most recent today, have been advertised on the Apple jobs website looking for Engineers with experience in LED-backlighting and LCD displays. Broadly speaking, these new engineer positions are expected to contribute to the design, development and testing of completely novel and innovative display technologies ‘to be used in next generation Macintosh platforms spanning from notebook computers, desktop computers, servers and standalone displays‘. These new positions should be considered in context with reports in July last year that Apple would be bringing IGZO display technology to both iPad and MacBook. The latest generation iPad Air was launched in November last year and was the first Apple device to contain the novel IGZO screen technology.