Apple has two new Retina class display panels currently in their pipeline. They both have a resolution of 2,560 by 1,600 and 13.3 inch panels but feature different technologies. One is an amorphous silicon or an a-Si and the other has an oxide base. Laptops commonly use a-Si. Oxide is often referred to as IGZO and is a much newer technology used by Sharp.
The oxide panel is expected to be used for the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro. The production of the panels will most likely begin during the third quarter. It is possible the launch will occur in June but this is dependent on the component orders. A recent report showed the a-Si display will probably be used for the cheaper Retina MacBook. These display panels offer the same resolution as the MacBook Pro with the 13.3 inch screen. The panels will use the LG display in April and the mass production for the new MacBook is expected in May or June. It remains unknown if the cheaper MacBook Air will be a part of the plan.
The iMac with the 27 inch panel and Retina 5K display is among the Apple products using an oxide display. When Apple described the appearance of their new display they stated the oxide TFT-based panel was designed to provide a bright and vivid display from corner to corner on the screen. Oxide technology is also used by the display for the iPad Pro. Apple stated this delivers incredible clarity, contrast and color. The iPad Pro with the 10.5 inch screen is also included. Apple may be shifting to oxide for the MacBook Pro as well. For additional details please visit https://www.forbes.com/sites/brookecrothers/2018/03/17/new-2018-macbook-ihs-markit-says-display-tech-suggests-two-13-inch-models/#2da9a8e4d170.
When the pixels per inch or PPI are higher and the color gamut is wider the benefits of IZGO are substantially increased. This is especially true when compared to an a-Si use for LCD’s. Sharp and LG Display have aggressively expanded their panel shipments for the oxide mobile PC. The expectations are laptops will be consistently increasing the use of oxide displays in the not too distant future.
It is important to note Apple has changed their minds in the past regarding products within their pipeline. This has occured at the very last moment. The closer the launch of a product the more reliable and accurate the expectations.