<![CDATA[Touch Panel Control]]> http://www.touchpanelcontrol.com/news/ Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:15:56 +0000 http://www.touchpanelcontrol.com/skin/frontend/default/tpc2/images/rss-png.png Touch Panel Control http://www.touchpanelcontrol.com/news/ Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[iPad Mini 2 delay rumoured]]> http://www.touchpanelcontrol.com/news/iPad-Mini-2-delay-rumoured/ 2b24d495052a8ce66358eb576b8912c8 Apple's follow-up to the iPad Mini may not emerge until 2014, after various reports alleged that the Californian firm has suffered setbacks in the creation of this new touch panel tablet.

Although the iPad Mini 2 might not be on sale until the new year, DigiTimes quotes sources close to the matter as stating that there will be a new iPad Mini this year, although it will simply be a refreshed version of the existing model, rather than a full sequel.

The main changes anticipated for this incrementally improved touch panel tablet are physical, with a slimmer chassis and smaller screen-surrounding bezel thought to be on the cards.

There is always a chance that the updated iPad Mini could come with the much-touted Retina Display, although, in all likelihood, this will not emerge until the second full version is launched next year.

Apple products have suffered launch delays in the past, although the iPad Mini 2's setback will not apparently impact on the arrival of the full sized iPad 5.

All should become clear within the next couple of months, because Apple is thought to be ramping up production for its new smartphones and tablets, ahead of a big sales push in the autumn.

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Wed, 17 Jul 2013 10:17:10 +0000
<![CDATA[Samsung touch panel displays no longer to feature in iPad]]> http://www.touchpanelcontrol.com/news/Samsung-touch-panel-displays-no-longer-to-feature-in-iPad/ 9b8619251a19057cff70779273e95aa6 Apple and Samsung have become relatively bitter rivals in the smartphone and tablet markets, with their flagship devices battling for the biggest sales figures.

This has not prevented them from being partners in other areas, since Samsung has supplied a number of key components for the iPad, including its touch panel display.

However, ETNews reports that the strain on the relationship between the two companies has become impossible to ignore, which has caused Apple to turn to a different manufacturer when sourcing the touch panel displays for its next-gen iPad models.

Samsung was not the only supplier of display tech in the past, with Sharp and LG also playing their part, so it is expected that they will have to take up the slack, now that it is out of the picture.

Although for many companies it would be disastrous to lose a deal with Apple, Samsung is in a seriously strong position and is not likely to miss the money too much.

It will be interesting to see whether the new iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2 are any different as a result of Samsung's lack of manufacturing involvement.

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Wed, 27 Mar 2013 21:24:08 +0000
<![CDATA[Apple planning new security measures for iPhone 5S]]> http://www.touchpanelcontrol.com/news/Apple-planning-new-security-measures-for-iPhone-5S/ 76dc611d6ebaafc66cc0879c71b5db5c The iPhone 5S, which is likely to make its debut in the autumn, could come with an additional touch panel section aligned next to the Home button, to boost security.

This is because the small LCD area will be able to scan fingerprints, allowing only registered users to access some of the iPhone's features.

It is reported by China Times that this second touch panel will not just help users keep their phones locked against unauthorised access, but will also help them to authenticate payments carried out via the NFC chip that the iPhone 5S will apparently feature.

NFC has become a common feature of rival handsets, but Apple has so far failed to add it to the mix for its flagship range.

If this changes, analysts believe that NFC could really become a mainstream technology rather than something that only a small percentage of smartphone owners actually use on a day to day basis, for payments and data transfer.

The jury is still out on whether the iPhone 5S will have a larger primary touch panel display, which could push north of the four inch screen that arrived with last year's iPhone 5.

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Wed, 13 Mar 2013 23:57:17 +0000
<![CDATA[Apple seeks further patents on solar touch panel]]> http://www.touchpanelcontrol.com/news/Apple-seeks-further-patents-on-solar-touch-panel/ c8ffe9a587b126f152ed3d89a146b445 We could be getting closer and closer to the release of an iPhone which is able to draw energy from the sun, as manufacturer Apple has apparently filed a number of patents that cover next-gen solar touch panel technology.

There have been rumours about this kind of hardware in the past and it would make real sense for smartphones to integrate solar panels, since their displays are getting larger each year and the demands on internal batteries are also becoming greater.

From an environmental point of view, it would be great to see Apple embrace solar technology, particularly since this company does not have a great track record when it comes to caring for the planet, in spite of its clean and modern image.

The patents also hint at the arrival of an official stylus system for future iPhones and iPads, which would be an indication that Apple believes it needs to play catch-up, in the wake of Samsung's launch of the Galaxy Note range with its S-Pen accessory.

Of course, Apple could simply be protecting its ideas with patents that it never actually puts into action, but it is interesting to envisage the kind of products that this company might release in the future.

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Wed, 13 Feb 2013 12:05:33 +0000
<![CDATA[Apple to introduce larger touch panel display for next iPhone?]]> http://www.touchpanelcontrol.com/news/Apple-to-introduce-larger-touch-panel-display-for-next-iPhone/ 4c56ff4ce4aaf9573aa5dff913df997a Last year the iPhone 5 introduced a four inch touch panel to Apple's flagship smartphone range for the first time, replacing the outgoing 3.5 inch display that had long been a partially limiting factor.

However, rumours suggest that Apple is actually going to create an even bigger iPhone for launch later this year, with China Times reporting that it will launch alongside the iPhone 5S and sport a 4.8 inch screen.

Referred to as the iPhone Math in recent media coverage, this device will clearly be designed to compete with other big screen smartphones, like the Samsung Galaxy S3.

It will be interesting to see whether Apple sticks with the Retina Display resolution for this next touch panel, since it might be better off going with a more standardised 720p or 1080p pixel count.

The iPhone 5S, on the other hand, will presumably stick with the four inch touch panel of its predecessor, acting as an incremental upgrade.

What makes these rumours slightly hard to believe is Apple's track record. It tends not to go out of its way to keep up with the Joneses for the sake of it and, instead, tends to pre-empt what consumers really want.

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Tue, 29 Jan 2013 06:21:55 +0000