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Apple Using Sharp’s Next-Gen LCD Displays For iPhone 6 In Spring 2012?

Apple Using Sharp’s Next-Gen LCD Displays For iPhone 6 In Spring 2012?

With the white iPhone 4 possibly just one day away and the iPhone 5 still months away in September, it's surprising we are already on the topic of the iPhone 6. But, indeed, news on the 6th-gen iPhone has already started now with reports that Apple selected Sharp to supply the LCD displays. According to Japanese newspaper, Nikkan, Sharp will begin manufacturing the displays in Spring of 2012.

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LG Display talks panels: OLED TV in 2013, IPS LCD in tablets other than iPad

LG Display talks panels: OLED TV in 2013, IPS LCD in tablets other than iPad

LG Display has revealed some panel plans - including details on which customers are using its OLED screens for upcoming smartphones - in its Q1 financial results call; however, OLED TV scale displays aren't expected to reach mass production until mid-2013. According to SeekingAlpha's transcript, LG Display confirmed that, from this month, it will be supplying IPS tablet-scale panels to more than just Apple (which uses the screens for the iPad 2), while implying that as well as supplying Nokia with smartphone-sized screens, it will also be pushing panels for LG handsets in the middle of this year.

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Eye-controlled Head-Mounted-Display prototype shown by Fraunhofer IPMS

Eye-controlled Head-Mounted-Display prototype shown by Fraunhofer IPMS

We've been tracking the Fraunhofer IPMS' research into bi-directional OLED displays for a few years now: panels that integrated both a display and a camera, so that they can simultaneously track an object and display something. The institute has long promised that our head-up display (HUD) ambitions could well be satisfied with the technology, and now it has a prototype to show us. Set to make its debut at SID Display Week 2011 in May, the OLED microdisplay-based eye tracking HMD (head-mounted display) is, as the name suggests, capable of being controlled simply by eye movements.

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SlashGear 101: What is the Sony NGP?

SlashGear 101: What is the Sony NGP?

Hard to imagine, but the Sony PSP is almost seven years old. Announced back in May 2004, Sony’s gaming handheld was described as the "Walkman of the 21st Century" and proceeded to spawn several generations of hardware in the fight to take on Nintendo’s DS. Now, the PSP is giving way to the Sony NGP, the Next Generation Portable. Read on as SlashGear 101 takes you through everything you need to know.

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Fraunhofer bi-directional OLED prototype incoming: Display & Camera in one [Video]

Fraunhofer bi-directional OLED prototype incoming: Display & Camera in one [Video]

We first covered the Fraunhofer Institute's bi-directional OLED display technology - which basically combines a display with a camera - all the way back in 2009; now the R&D company is bringing its latest prototype out to play. Set to show at the Smart Systems Integration 2011 expo later this month, the current model consists of a 0.6-inch 320 x 240 AMOLED panel with an integrated 160 x 120 CMOS camera.

Update: Video after the cut

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Apple OLED ambitions tipped by patent applications?

Apple OLED ambitions tipped by patent applications?

Apple has filed three OLED patent applications, leading to speculation that the company is looking to the low-power, color-rich panels for future devices. Patently Apple due up three patents (20100321305, 20100265187 and 20100265188) which deal with integrating touchscreen layers with OLED displays, and which suggest MacBook-style notebooks, iPad-style tablets and iPhone and iPod-style smartphones and PMPs as potential recipients of the tech. Meanwhile, a throwaway mention of the Apple TV has prompted talk of an Apple OLED HDTV with integrated streaming functionality.

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Sony NGP is “next generation portable” PSP2

Sony NGP is “next generation portable” PSP2

As expected, Sony has outed its "PSP2", currently codenamed the Sony next generation portable entertainment system or NGP, and expected to go on sale at the end of 2011. Based on a quad-core ARM Cortex A9 processor and Imagination Technologies PowerVR SGX543MP4+ GPU, the NGP has a 5-inch OLED 960 x 544 multitouch-capable touchscreen on the front and a multitouch pad on the back, for what Sony describes as "touch, grab, trace, push and pull" gestures in gameplay.

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