According to the latest reports, Apple’s upcoming iPhone could revamp itself with in-cell touch panels. Expressed views of KGI Securities analyst Ming – Chi Kuo can be known from following summarized excerpt:
“The analyst also cited more efficient supply chain management” and improved production yield as reasons that Apple would adopt the in-cell technology. With the current glass-on-glass design, bonding occurs at a late stage in the production process, thereby resulting in “significant losses” if the bonding fails. Kuo believes in-cell production is quicker and more efficient because bonding comes earlier in the process. The new process would require an estimated three semi-finished items at bonding, compared to the six required to produce the iPhone 4S. Additionally, production procedures could be cut from eight to five. The analyst also suggested that the number of production days required could drop from 12 to 16 to three to five.”
As far as iPhone 5 Release Date is concerned, there seems to be high-debate going on. Early summer was the speculated time for its release but now due to some issues iPhone 5 release date seems to fall around October this year. Now if we talk about upcoming iPhone then the present iPhone is 9.3mm thick and if Apple successfully implants in-cell touch panel then its new iPhone would appear slimmer almost by 0.44mm by removing the separate touch sensor layer and one layer of adhesive. If Apple uses metal back for its upcoming iPhone then it would reduce the thickness further by 0.96mm which would mean that the new iPhone could be just 7.90mm thin, Incredible Isn’t it? This new display design would feature the touch sensor in the TFT LCD.
So Apple’s smart thought to include in-cell touch panel clearly indicates a strategic move in order to beat other competitors who are striving for slimmer and thinner Smartphones. Using new technology would not only ensure reduction in thickness and reduction in production cost by around 10-20% but it would also cutback the production time.
Sharp and Toshiba are said to be the manufacturers who would supply these in-cell touch panels for Apple. Also there are few rumors doing round that a liquidmetal back panel, LTE support, NFC technology and a smaller dock would be included in iPhone 5 features.
After the add-on of in-cell touch panels in Apple’s new iPhone, would it be featured further in Apple’s other device like next iPad and iPod as well? – What do you think so?