updated 10:55 pm EST, Thu February 2, 2012
Apple TV set may miss Q2 without Sharp displays
Speculation that Apple might ship its own TV set as soon as the spring was cast into doubt by an unusual counter-rumor late Thursday. Supposed industry contacts told Digitimes that there weren't any signs Sharp was ready to ship the IGZO displays many believe Apple would be using for the device. Yields of workable displays were also considered a possible problem.
Apple was considered unlikely to go to OLED for the TV. Both LG's OLEDs and Samsung's Super OLED TV were considered their respective makers' centerpieces for the year, which could both give them a disincentive to help out Apple and consume their production.
IGZO, or indium gallium zinc oxide, is an approach to LCD technology developed by Sharp that would be an almost uniform improvement over current LCDs. It allows more light in and either reduces the amount of backlighting or permits a brighter display. It can simultaneously extend battery life and cost less to make at the same size than a technology like IPS.
Apple has been rumored considering IGZO for the iPad and iPhone, although at least the iPad plans may have also been scrapped.
Only a handful of rumors have suggested that Apple might reveal a TV set in spring. The more vocal, detailed claims have pointed to 2013 being more likely if the project happens at all.