Friday, March 9, 2012

Could dwindling supplies of a crucial component mark the beginning of the end for the tablet?

The new iPad launched yesterday amid its usual fanfare. But could dwindling supplies of a crucial component make such events a thing of the past?

The bleak future for tabs and all kinds of screens
But there is a problem looming on the horizon for fans of the latest tablet computers, not to mention smart phones and flat screen TVs.  Whether it is on the shiny new iPad, computer or phone, the chances are that you are reading this article through a screen laced with one of the rarest metals on Earth: indium. And analysts are warning that global supplies of indium could be exhausted as soon as 2017. So how will we live without the gadgets that we have come to depend on? 

Read details: BBC Future

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