“Apple risks falling behind in display tech in 2014, DisplayMate Technologies said in a research note,” Brooke Crothers reports for CNET. “Echoing an earlier note, DisplayMate Technologies Raymond Soneira said this week that ‘Apple has recently given up the lead in displays — now Amazon, Google, LG, and Samsung are launching products with the best and most innovative displays.'”
“He cited the example of an emerging LCD technology called Quantum Dots that Amazon has tapped for the Kindle Fire HDX 7,” Crothers reports. “‘Quantum Dots are going to revolutionize and reenergize LCDs for the next 5+ years,’ he wrote. ‘While they have been under development for many years, in 2013 they made it out of the labs and into consumer products: in some models of Sony Bravia TVs… and in the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7, with Quantum Dots from Nanosys,’ he said.”
“Soneira also reiterated that the iPad Mini Retina’s display — which uses a technology called IGZO from Sharp — fell short of the Kindle HDX and second-generation Nexus 7 (though Soneira gave a respectable grade for the iPad Air),” Crothers reports. “‘Hopefully Apple will join the leaders again with new and innovative displays in 2014,’ he said.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Of course, Apple should be striving to deliver the best displays, but, as some point, and we may be close or already there, the differences are so minute that they are simply unnoticeable to the naked eye.