Apple Rumored to be Considering New "Touch-On Display" for Next-Gen iPhone
According to a new report from The China Times
, Apple seems to be considering a new display technology, dubbed “touch-on,” for use in its next-generation iPhone to address issues with the current “in-cell” display found in the iPhone 5. The Cupertino California company has reportedly contracted with Chimei Innolux, Taiwan’s largest LCD maker, for the next-generation panels. Apple’s interest in the display technology was prompted by alleged “interference problems”
For those of you who are unaware, the iPhone 5 marked the debut of new touchscreen technology in Apple’s smartphone in the form of in-cell touch panels. This allowed for a thinner design by combining the touch sensor and display into one component. Rumors of Apple’s adoption of in-cell panels swirled in the company’s overseas supply chain for months, which proved to be true when the iPhone 5 was released. Shortly after, an issue arose with the iPhone 5 display in which the screen pauses or seemingly ignores touch input. The problem can be seen by rapidly swiping back and forth diagonally on the touchscreen on the iPhone 5, while previous iPhone models aren’t affected by the issue.
Initial reports suggested that the iPhone 5 scrolling “glitch” was in fact a hardware issue related to the new iPhone 5 in-cell touch panel. The recent report from The China Times
supports the same conclusion, explaining that the technology has embedded the TFT touch panel and touch sensors on the same side, resulting in interference. The report also reiterates the earlier reports that claimed production issues with the in-cell technology led to supply constraints of the iPhone 5 at launch. The “touch-on display” technology from Chimei Innolux on the other hand is said to be both thin and durable while offering better touch sensing capabilities.
The only way we’ll find out if the report has any valid information is when Apple releases some concrete information, which is unlikely to happen for quite some time.
Source: The China Times