iPhone 5 to Use In-Cell Touch Panels, Provided by Japanese and Korean Manufacturers

29 Jul

From Apple’s supply chain, TrendInsider has confirmed that the new iPhone will be utilizing a single in-cell touch screen panel rather than combining a traditional touch-sensor layer with an LCD panel. The approach will allegedly help reduce the touch display’s production cost by a significant amount, provided that in-cell panels become mainstream after undergoing mass production.

At the moment, TPK, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of traditional touch screen panels, has yet to receive any lamination orders from the Cupertino tech giant. This confirms TrendInsider’s earlier observation concerning Apple’s decision to try the aforementioned technology, and explains the company’s increasing orders for in-cell panels from Toshiba Mobile Display (TMD) and LG.

Given that in-cell technology allows a single layered panel to fulfill the roles of both a display screen and a touch sensor, a manufacturer avoids the hassle of having to attach an extra touch screen layer on top of a TFT LCD panel. This, in result, helps to trim off a portion of the thickness from the iPhone’s screen, in turn allowing the mobile phone’s display panel to be around 30% lighter and slimmer. The cost of in-cell touch panel technology will reduce in future.

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