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New Display Tech May Debut in Next iPhone

By - Source: China Times | B 12 comments

Apple evaluating Innolux's Touch On Display.

Apple is said to be shelving its "in-cell" touch technology found in the iPhone 5 in favor of new display technology expected to debut in the next iPhone.

Referring to supply chain rumors, China Times said the company is currently evaluating technology dubbed Touch On Display from Innolux, which is the firm formerly named Chimei Innolux. Apple listed the latter as one of its component suppliers last year.

The report claims that the reason for the change is due to interference with current in-cell technology where the display and touch are embedded within the same panel. Comparatively, the Touch On technology delivers "good" touch sensitivity with reduced thickness.

The display continues to be one of the most expensive components of the iPhone. A virtual teardown last year found that both the display and touch screen costs Apple $44, which is priced higher than other vital parts including wireless antennas, NAND flash memory and the A-series processor.

Apple's rumored iPhone 5S has been showcased in alleged leaked screenshots, with the firm also said to be testing the iPhone 6.


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    Gundam288 , January 4, 2013 1:50 AM
    I think they ether just got a better deal on the new screen over the older ones or they were going to stop making the older ones down the line.

    What does it matter anyway? Apple is still going to charge you an arm and a leg to get one. Well, maybe a kidney or 2 instead...
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    halcyon , January 4, 2013 2:26 AM
    I'm caring less and less about iOS devices every day. I feel sorry for my wife and daughter that they still think their iPhones are great. Silly. A new tiny display is still a tiny display.
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    snoogins , January 4, 2013 4:16 AM
    If they could only put a larger display on the next iPhone...
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    darkavenger123 , January 4, 2013 5:28 AM
    Yawn...another boring iFool(tm) story....A phone whose UI haven't change for 5 years and each new version more "meh" than the last....who the farking care....
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    CrArC , January 4, 2013 7:07 AM
    halcyonI'm caring less and less about iOS devices every day. I feel sorry for my wife and daughter that they still think their iPhones are great. Silly. A new tiny display is still a tiny display.
    I never understand this. If they like it, so what? Let them. By all means show them why you think another device would be better (I do - most of my family and friends have moved to various Android devices now) but if they're happy as they are, then the device is doing its job, thus what's the big deal?
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    halcyon , January 4, 2013 8:48 AM
    ^ There's no big deal at all. I don't berate them for their choices. My wife feels my S3 and Note 2 are monstrosities. My daughter looks at my S3 with envy (her friends now have them). I understand that Android is for the tinkerer ...and not everybody is one.
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    lamorpa , January 4, 2013 12:27 PM
    Wow. New Tech May Debut in Next Phone. Who would have suspected?
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    InvalidError , January 4, 2013 3:10 PM
    halcyonI understand that Android is for the tinkerer ...and not everybody is one.

    I wouldn't quite go that far since tons of non-tinkerers are using smartphones and tablets/readers running Android... but Android does have a number of rough edges and many of those are indeed characteristic "function over form" that plague much stuff designed by geeks, engineers and scientists who are often unknowingly/accidentally imposing their vision of things rather than think about how end-users want to use 'em.

    A personal pet peeve against many/most mobile devices is how they are attempting to abstract the file system away, thereby making many trivial file management tasks unexpectedly tedious (if not impossible) without 3rd-party file managers.
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    halcyon , January 4, 2013 3:32 PM
    To not customize (tinker) in Android is like only being willing to drive 50mph in your Ferrari
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    nuvon , January 4, 2013 5:40 PM
    if you don't care about iProducts, can you not read any articles involve iProducts then, let alone posting comments like "I don't care"? Do you think iUsers care what you think?
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    Steelwing , January 4, 2013 8:49 PM
    Stop focusing on displays that reduce thickness a tiny amount, and give me a display that's easily readable in sunlight.
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , January 4, 2013 10:36 PM
    the word new and iPhone shouldn't be in the same sentence lol