Originally Posted by wizard69
Actually I'm hoping that this is a sign that more than the Cinema displays are coming. New iMac should be high on the list.
I'm also hoping that maybe this might be a hint at a Cinema display with a built in TV tuner. This could really add value to Apples expensive products and makes a lot of sense on larger high resolution displays. The trick of course is to avoid compromising the quality of either input signal. Let's face it if you shell out multiple thousands of dollars for let's say a 30" screen you want that screen to be as functional as possible.
I also take an interest in the mention of the smaller displays. One way to look at this is that this foretells a handheld product from Apple that isn't on the market yet.
It's a nice idea, but if it's a computer monitor, it's better to have the tuner connected to the computer, not the monitor. Computer monitors make for expensive TVs.
In the interest of disclosure, I did buy a 25.5" Samsung monitor with a TV tuner a couple weeks ago, but the TV tuner wasn't the reason that I bought it, it was the variety and number of inputs. The Samsungs are the only ones I know of that are like that, having a computer monitor panel rather than a TV panel.
Originally Posted by lepton
Hey, guess what? LG is a big player in the emerging OLED market.
Check out the LG announcements, they are putting out a 15" OLED panel starting about now. Think about that in the lid of a MacBook Air, making it a quarter of an inch thinner, lower power, brighter even in sunlight, 180 degree viewing angle...
And with lifetime and the blue color problems just about solved for good, this is the time.
Here is what else will happen: OLED in the iPhone, iPod Touch, and NetPad! Maybe even this Summer. Thinner, lighter devices at lower power. What's a NetPad? My prediction for Apple's next new device, not a netbook, not exactly a tablet, flat with a 7.75" screen. I have a detailed article at myallo.com/blog
OLED is where Apple will go, as prices come down.
Prices will go down, but I don't expect production capacity to meet Apple's needs coming so soon. Also, LG's new 15" TV is slated to have a $2500 price tag.
Originally Posted by Alonso Perez
I agree. I think most people don't understand the significance of OLED yet. Apple, because it sells higher-priced products, will be able to introduce OLED earlier than cut-rate commodity PC producers. A contract like this can only help further that along.
OLED could make the Air thinner, but I think an even better use would be to give it a larger screen using the current cover. With OLED, a 14.1" screen would fit easily, and draw less power.
A curious thing about OLED is that we go back to one CRT characteristic, where dark images use less power (this doesn't happen with LCD), so a very low power draw could be achieved with the screen on; for instance a screensaver app showing a small clock moving around the screen.
In the handheld space, OLED will have a huge impact.
I think Apple invested in LG to get a multi-year exclusive on 30" panels too.
Originally Posted by hobBIT
That's likely no longer true.
If an 800x480 OLED OQO
+ 1.86GHz Atom CPU + 2GB RAM + 120GB HD + WiFi + BluTooth + touch screen + HDMI out + magnesium alloy case + LiIon battery + Windows Vista Business license = $1499 then surely a 320x480 OLED on its own would cost no more than $200 in volume production. (Assuming that OQO actually makes a profit on those $1499 UMPCs.)
Making small displays is easier, getting 100,000 out of 100,000 pixels right is easier than 2 million out of 2 million. A 13" screen with one defective pixel has to be discarded or sold as a lower grade panel. If they made nine 4" screens in the same area with one defect, they would have eight displays and only chuck one.
Originally Posted by Macfabulous
Remember back when Apple made a statement about an upcoming "product transition", that would affect future profit margins and cause Apple earnings to come in lower than expected. I think it was back in July.
Everyone assumed that the "Unibody Structure" for the new MacBooks where that "product transition". Apple actually never told anybody that this actually was THE "product transition" REFERED to. They told anyone how proud they where of this new technology, but nothing about further costs regarding the new process. That was only assumed, by "us" and the media. Am I not correct?
I don't think so because it's the time scale. I recall that warning was for something happening the next quarter, not the next year.