New Apple Hires Could Help Create The Retina MacBook Air

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It seems like we’ve been crowing for years about the promise of IGZO — a display technology that radically improves power efficiency, allowing for thinner, lighter, longer-lasting devices — for ages, but with the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display, Apple finally started actually delivering on that promise.

But what now? A new job application suggests that the next generation of Mac laptops might get IGZO too, paving the way for new design possibilities.

Apple Bitch points out a number of new positions at Apple, who is looking for engineers with experience in LED backlighting and LCD displays “to be used in the next generation of Macintosh platforms.”

IGZO is, of course, the holy grail backlighting technology right now for LCDs like the ones the Mac line-up uses. Coupled with reports from last year that 2014’s MacBook line could use IGZO, and it seems as if Apple could be on a hiring spree.

So what would IGZO in a MacBook mean for you? If Apple didn’t change the current Mac’s design, it could mean a MacBook Pro with Retina Display with 24 hour battery life, or a MacBook Air with Retina Display with the same battery life that it currently has. It could also mean thinner MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs (if such a thing is possible).

Pretty exciting. I can’t wait to see what we see when it comes to new MacBooks later this year. I’m about due for an upgrade, aren’t you?

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