Apple iTV unlikely to launch in 2012 due to IGZO display panel manufacturing concerns, sources say

“The chance is low for Apple to launch so-called iTV products in the second quarter of 2012 as there are no signs indicating that Sharp is ready to ship IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) panels to Apple, according to industry sources,” Siu Han and Steve Shen report for DigiTimes.

“Although Sharp’s 8G lines are able to produce panels in 32- 46- and even 55-inch sizes, the Japan-based panel maker seems unready to start shipping the IGZO panels needed for the production of iTV sets, the sources indicated,” Han and Shen report. “Additionally, yield rates of Sharp’s IGZO panels are also a major concern.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

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