Apple files patents for touchscreen OLED technology currently in use on smartphones
It is well known that OLED technology is superior to both conventional LCD and even the recent Super LCD technology currently in use on every single single device that has a screen. Needless to say, Apple has also got its eye on this particular technology as well, and clearly intends to integrate with its line of touch-based electronic devices. But it appears that the Cupertino giant might have plans to use this technology against the competition: why else would the company being filing patents over touchscreen OLED technology which appear to be currently in use?
For a company that always claims to be on the bleeding edge of technology, Apple's line of consumer electronics products, especially its iPod, iPhone and iPads, have consistently been missing out on a certain display technology which is currently in use by some of its competitors. Yep, we are talking about that expensive display technology known as OLED, which supposedly offers much faster response times and better power efficiency as opposed to conventional LCD panels.
Needless to say, it is hardly surprising that Apple would attempt to discover ways in which it can integrate OLED technology into its products and one-up the competition while in the process of doing so. And as it turns out, Apple is indeed keen, or have at least expressed an interest in doing so. But as most people would have already known by now, whenever Apple is interested in any technological-related advances, it almost always means one thing. Fancy a look a some new patent applications?
A quick look at the patent applications reveal that Apple probably has an intention to implement OLED technology into a future release of consumer electronic devices. Indeed, the first diagram features a rather technical illustration of how an OLED panel might be able to fit into a device that makes use of touchscreen technology, along with the possibility of implementing the touchscreen-enabled OLED displays on devices such as mobile phones, media players and even a notebook. Also included in the second filling are descriptions regarding layouts for touch sensors, signal routing, other details.
Still, as informative as this may be, it fails to change the fact that Apple is probably one of the last entrants into the OLED game. More importantly, it appears that Apple might make use of these patents to attack competitors, simply because they cover extremely broad methods of implementing OLED display technology in a wide variety of devices. If one takes into consideration the fact that Apple has had no prior experience in working with OLED displays, it would make sense that it is not possible for them to come up with an entirely new method of implementing such displays so suddenly.
And needless to say, broad patents make for great offensive weapons in patent lawsuits, as it almost grantees that competitors would find themselves running afoul of Apple's 'patented methods'. But we can only wait and see if things will really turned out as speculated.
Source and images: Patently Apple