Apple Embraces OLED In Enticing New Patents

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It's hard to find a display crisper than OLED; you don't need to look much further than LG's 32-inch OLED TV for proof. So how come we don't see the technology in laptops? Apple's apparently been asking the same question.

The three Cupertino patents dug up today over at Patently Apple indicate that Apple's majorly keen on the potential of OLED devices. They're looking not just at iPads (which could use a resolution evolution) but iPod Touches, MacBooks—even Apple TVs.

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The three patents center around creating a viable touch interface within an OLED environment. They could just be defensive, of course, so that Apple can get litigious if and when a rival beats them to the punch. But either way, any doubt that OLED was the future of displays should be pretty much dispelled by now. And that we're well past the pencil-on-paper stage. [Patently Apple]

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"They're looking not just at iPads (which could use a resolution evolution) but iPod Touches, MacBooks—even Apple TVs."

So why aren't we seeing the IPS screens/panels in their devices? I thought Apple said something like, "OLED is nice, IPS is better." If so, why are they even considering the iPad for OLED? And seriously, not even AMOLED or SAMOLED? Or are they just saying OLED in general?

If the retina display is so fucking magical, why don't they just use it in every device? Is it because of the cost? iPods and iPhones are almost identical, right? And if they sold like 30 million iPhone 4s with these IPS displays, why can't they do the same with the iPod touch?

I have a Nokia N85 from 2008 that has an OLED (non touch)screen phone.

Again, am I missing something here because didn't Apple just say how wonderful and better and blah blah blah the retina displays are? Why aren't we seeing retina/IPS in everything rather than OLED?