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]