We all love our iPhone devices. However, if pushed to be honest we probably want to see a few things changed in the iPhone. One of those things is probably that we would like to see thinner and lighter models in the future generations. It looks like Apple has been secretly working on this issue for quite some time now.According to DigiTimes, Apple may be studying the option to go for in-cell touch panels in its future iPhones rather than the currently used on-cell touch panels. There are words that this idea could be applied in the next iPhone which is expected to be released during this year. The use of in-cell panels would allow Apple to make iPhones much thinner than the ones available now. Alternatively, Apple could choose to use this extra space to place a bigger battery to increase the battery life or to fit LTE.
To explain this a bit further we will tell you more about in-cell and on-cell touch panels. In-cell touch panels use up less space because the in-cell panels combine both touch sensors and color filters into a single layer (which is not the case in on-touch panels).
“Apple’s new iPhone, which is expected to be released in the third quarter of 2012, is likely to adopt in-cell touch panels rolled out by Sharp and Toshiba Mobile Display (TMD), according to sources in Apple’s supply chain.
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.”
We are not quite sure if what is claimed by DigiTimes is true. But it would be very interesting to see this idea put into work. Stay tuned and we will update you with the latest news.
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