Hand opening MacBook Pro with Retina display

DisplayMate: MacBook Pro with Retina display may be Apple’s first product equipped with Sharp’s IGZO technology

Before the launch of the third generation iPad, much was said about Sharp’s IGZO technology, a strong candidate to equip Apple tablets.

If you don’t know the technology, here’s a brief explanation: every LCD display has a certain number of pixels, which must be connected to transistors so that they can be controlled. However, the transistors are exactly between the pixels and the lighting panel. Result? They block the light. To compensate for this loss, it is necessary to emit even more light, which directly influences battery consumption. IGZO technology changes exactly that, as it allows more light to pass through the transistor layer, resulting in savings.

Taking the new iPad as an example, its Retina display * does not * use IGZO technology, so Apple was forced to place two LED bars to illuminate it. To power all this and maintain the same 10 hours of use, the gadget’s battery had a 70% increase in capacity!

Hand opening MacBook Pro with Retina display

With that in mind, Dr. Raymond Soneria, president of DisplayMate, decided to analyze the screen of the new MacBook Pro (Retina). To his surprise, Apple “increased” 23% the capacity of its battery, maintaining the same 7 hours of use. That was enough for him to believe that Apple is using Sharp’s new technology in his new notebook.

Obviously other factors that contribute to a lower consumption of the machine, such as the new Ivy Bridge chip, flash memory, among other things, need to be taken into account. But undoubtedly the accounts suggest that Apple did some magic on this display. It is worth remembering that everything indicates that Sharp’s technology is ready, but not for production large enough, for example, to serve iPhones or iPads. A MacBook Pro, on the other hand, doesn’t sell that much (compared to iGadgets, of course), so it’s perfectly possible that Apple is testing / introducing the technology little by little.

[via Cult of Mac]