We covered iFixit’s Retina Display teardown this morning, but the report left out one very important detail: Who makes the display? There had been some discussion by DisplayMate’s Raymond Soneira on whether Sharp’s IGZO display technology was used:
An IGZO Retina Display? Traditional high PPI displays (with amorphous Silicon) are inefficient with both brightness and power. As a result, the new iPad 3 with a Retina Display needs a 70 percent larger battery than the non-Retina Display iPad 2, but the MacBook Pro with Retina Display has only a 23 percent larger battery with the same 7 hour running time as the non-Retina Display MacBook Pro. How can this be? You may recall that IGZO technology has been making headlines for months, first rumored to be the technology used in the Retina Display for the new iPad 3. IGZO is significantly more efficient than amorphous Silicon. It wasn’t ready in time for the new iPad 3, but Sharp announced that production of IGZO LCDs with up to 300 PPI started in March of 2012… Just in time for the MacBook Pro… These facts lead me to speculate that the MacBook Pro is using a Sharp IGZO Retina Display…
Apple, Sharp, and Foxconn are rumored to be working together on something bigger as well.
Nope… …according to Miro at iFixit:
Markings on the inverter board read LP154WT1 (SJ) (A1) GD. This appears to be an LCD made by LG Philips!
There you have it…
Apple often sources more than one company for its parts, so other Pro Retina displays could be manufactured by Samsung, or even Sharp with the IGZO, but this early model was using an LG display.
- iFixit: MacBook Pro’s amazing Retina Display is made by LG Philips (9to5mac.com)
- iFixit tears down the new MacBook Pro’s Retina display, an “engineering marvel” (9to5mac.com)
- iFixit tears down the new Retina MacBook Pro, calls it “least repairable laptop” yet (9to5mac.com)