Reports indicate that Apple has approached Samsung in a bid for the Korean manufacturers’ active-matrix organic LED (AMOLED) displays, an advanced and desired technology that Samsung has incorporated into some of its high-end smartphones.
While Samsung has been using AMOLED in smartphones, speculation points away from Apple requesting the technology for the iPhone. Instead, it is believed that the displays would be for the next model of the popular Apple iPad.
There are no tablets currently available that feature an AMOLED screen, and the technology could be a huge game changer for the first company able to build such a device. AMOLED displays feature several advantages over normal LEDs, not the least of which is their comparably minimal power consumption. AMOLED displays also have a higher refresh rate than regular LED displays.
It’s anybody’s guess as to Apple’s strategy with the displays if it managed to acquire them. It could release an entirely redesigned iPad, or possibly just issue some sort of iPad 2 redux AMOLED edition.
Samsung’s willingness to share its technology with Apple is a major if, however. The companies are currently pit against each other in a legal battle, and Samsung would also be ceding technological advantage to the current king of the tablet market. Samsung has its own tablets to think of, with the Galaxy Tab 10.1 right around the corner.
Ultimately this news could amount to nothing, or it could be a precursor to one of the biggest stories of the year.
Source: 9to5 Mac