The next generation iPhone could utilize a new display technology that would make the handset both thinner and lighter. Apple is rumored to be cooperating with Sharp and Toshiba to use these in-cell touch display panels in their future products, says sources in Apple’s overseas supply chain.
Existing models of the iPhone have a capacitive touchscreen located above the LCD panel, which increases the thickness of the device slightly. If Apple switches to this in-cell display technology, they could manufacture an even slimmer and lighter iPhone at less cost. Would you buy the next iPhone if it utilized this display technology?
An improvement in yield rates of the in-cell touch panels at Sharp and TMD has persuaded Apple to choose to cooperate with Japan-based panel makers, the sources noted. The adoption of the in-cell touch panels, if realized, will also have a significant impact on the operations of Apple’s current touch panel suppliers TPK Holdings and Wintek, which are specialized in the production of glass on glass touch solutions currently, said the sources.