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Rumors have been circulating for some time now about what sort of display will be in the iPad 3, with the majority of the information pointing to an HD/Retina display for the third iteration of the popular tablet. Some stories have indicated that Apple may have to thicken the next iPad to accomodate such a display, but it appears that there is an option that will give the company the resolution it desires while keeping the device as svelte as possible.

The latest report from DigiTimes indicates that sources within the iPad supply chain are saying that Apple has turned to Sharp for an IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) display that would not only allow them to keep the iPad 3 on the thin side, but could also draw less power.  As anyone who has the least bit of an inkling about Apple designs knows, thinness and lower power consumption are two of their obsessions, so this IGZO display definitely sounds like it would be up their alley.

DigiTimes has a spotty record for accuracy when it comes to reports such as this, but this isn’t the first time the IGZO rumor has appeared.  Back in November, Jefferies analyst Peter Misek wrote about it in a note to investors:

Also, we believe that Apple and Sharp together have  a modified IGZO  (indium, gallium,  zinc) technology to achieve 330 dpi, which is sufficient for an HD display while not using IPS nor having to include dual-bar LED backlighting.  In our view, this should lead to  several design advantages, namely the device can be thinner, battery life should be  longer, and the overall experience for users should be meaningfully improved.

While we found the “thicker” rumors to be a bit off the mark due to Apple’s love of all things thin, when you add in the lower power consumption this rumor really starts to make the most sense.

With the heaviest rumors pointing to a March/April release for the iPad 3, we’re sure to be hearing confirmation in the not so distant future.

Do you think Apple might go with the IGZO display?

[via DigiTimes]