LG will reportedly make OLED displays for use in the next generation of the Apple iPhone and iPod touch, as well as this company’s first netbook.
OLED (organic light-emitting diode) displays take advantage of the fact that some organic compounds glow when an electrical current is applied to them. This means there is no need of a backlight, as the individual pixels provide their own light. This allows OLED screens to be thinner and lighter than standard LEDs. Colors also tend to be more vivid.
Apple’s smartphone and handheld models set for release later this year will supposedly use displays made by LG using this technology.
What’s not known is if these models will have active-matrix OLEDs. AMOLED screens require a thin film transistor backplane to turn each pixel on or off, and can make higher-resolution and larger size displays possible.
A Netbook, Too
There can be little doubt that Apple intends to release new models in the iPhone and iPod touch lines this year, but more controversial are the unconfirmed reports of a netbook coming from this company.
According to sources at LG, this device is real, and it will have a Touchscreen OLED made by LG.
At this point, no other details on this model are available, including what size it will be. Unconfirmed reports indicate that it will run a version of the operating system used by the iPhone and iPod touch, not the full version of Mac OS X. Apple might have trouble making a netbook running OS X that would be competitive, as a typical netbook generally sells for around $500 or less.