Apple‘s next-generation iPhone is likely to adopt “in-cell” touch panels from Sharp and Toshiba, DigiTimes says, citing “sources in Apple’s supply chain.”
The story says Apple has been persuaded to use the panels as production yields have improved. In-cell touch panels effectively remove one layer of glass from the display, which I presume can both cut costs and allow for a thinner device.
The DigiTimes story said the story if accurate would be a potential negative for current Apple touch panel suppliers TPK Holdings and Wintek, which use glass-on-glass touch screens. TPK is developing a “touch on lens” single glass touch solution that would be “moresuitable for the production of high-end customized devices,” the story says.
Apple has not announced a launch date for the next iPhone; most people expect a debut sometime in the 2012 second half.