Despite gang buster sales in the tablet space, the iPad has always been criticized in one area; its viewing capabilities in direct sunlight. Devices like the Kindle are easier to read because they use E_Ink, a proprietary type of electronic paper that was developed at the MIT Media Lab. The technology which is used most commonly on e-readers, mobile phones and watches takes electronic material and processes it into a film.
Apple may be working on a solution to rectify the issue. The company showed interest in the technology this week in a new patent application filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The filing, entitled “Systems and Methods for Switching Between an Electronic Paper Display and a Video Display,” describes hardware that can selectively switch between the two types of screens. Basically it would allow users to dynamically switch all or just part of color screen to black and white E-ink or static images.
Via Business Insider
- Apple iPad May Bring in Hybrid Display System in the Future; Patent Filing Suggests So (devicemag.com)
- Apple Working On E-Ink/Touchscreen Hybrid For iPads And iPhones (AAPL, AMZN) (businessinsider.com)
- Apple patents hybrid LCD, e-paper displays for phones and tablets (geek.com)