<![CDATA[Touch Panel Control]]> http://www.touchpanelcontrol.com/news/ Mon, 30 May 2016 10:28:52 +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[iPhone touch panel orders slashed as interest wanes]]> http://www.touchpanelcontrol.com/news/iPhone-touch-panel-orders-slashed-as-interest-wanes/ da4fb5c6e93e74d3df8527599fa62642 Apple's iPhone may finally have reached the point of saturation on the persistently buoyant mobile market, since the tech giant has apparently halved its orders for the iPhone 5's five inch touch panel Retina Display.

The Wall Street Journal cites insiders as stating that Apple is scaling its purchasing of iPhone 5 components, including the display, along with other hardware elements, as a result of weaker than expected demand.

Many see the iPhone 5 as being yet another incremental upgrade, since it looks like an elongated iPhone 4, with a design that is getting on for three years old and an operating system whose interface has barely changed since 2007.

An alternative view of the alleged touch panel order reductions is that Apple will actually be preparing to release yet another new iPhone, presumably titled the 5S, within the first half of 2013.

If this is the case, then it would also follow that Apple is using a different type of display for the iPhone 5S, or at least not using the same suppliers.

Much of this is speculation, but if the rumours turn out to be true, we could be seeing the end of international iPhone obsession.

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Wed, 16 Jan 2013 11:11:20 +0000
<![CDATA[iPad 4 likely to feature iPhone 5's touch panel technology]]> http://www.touchpanelcontrol.com/news/iPad-4-likely-to-feature-iPhone-5-s-touch-panel-technology/ 65b9eea6e1cc6bb9f0cd2a47751a186f When the third generation iPad was revealed by Apple earlier this year, many were slightly disappointed that the device was actually a little thicker than the tablet that it was replacing.

Part of the problem was that the new touch panel Retina Display, with its boosted resolution, required additional LED backlighting, in order to bring the brightness up to scratch.

But after the launch of the iPhone 5, it seems likely that Apple's next generation iPad will take a leaf out of its book and use contemporary in-cell touch technology to be thinner than ever.

The iPhone 5 is 18 per cent thinner than the iPhone 4S, despite the fact that its screen is actually bigger. This is possible thanks to the in-cell touch components, which mean that the screen is more slender.

Industry commentators believe that this model will also be used for the iPad 4, although at the moment, the other details about this tablet remain a mystery.

As well as allowing the iPad 4 to be thinner than any of its precursors, new touch panel technology would mean that Apple could keep its aesthetic design in closer association with the iPhone range.

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Wed, 03 Oct 2012 13:37:37 +0000
<![CDATA[iPhone 5 preparations result in touch panel delivery shrinkage]]> http://www.touchpanelcontrol.com/news/iPhone-5-preparations-result-in-touch-panel-delivery-shrinkage/ 3ef815416f775098fe977004015c6193 Touch panel manufacturers actually shipped fewer displays in the first three months of 2012 than they did in the previous quarter, with analysts putting this dip down to the fact that many firms are gearing up for the launch of the iPhone 5 later in the year.

Planet Insane reports that sources from within the industry have said that the second quarter will also see a decrease amongst companies that supply Apple, with a 20 per cent reduction in shipments expected, as they get to work on manufacturing the components for what will be the sixth iPhone handset.

In previous weeks, it has been reported that Apple is to harness new in-cell touch panel technology for the iPhone 5, with some claiming that the reduction in shipments is evidence that work is going ahead with this hardware advancement.

It looks like manufacturers will actually have to combine forces with outside elements in order to integrate this technology, which could mean that the new iPhone is more technically complicated to manufacture than its predecessors. Whether this will have an impact on its retail price once it is finally released, remains to be seen.

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Wed, 09 May 2012 13:15:52 +0000
<![CDATA[Next-gen touch panel tech to grace iPhone 5]]> http://www.touchpanelcontrol.com/news/Next-gen-touch-panel-tech-to-grace-iPhone-5/ fe9fc289c3ff0af142b6d3bead98a923 The next iPhone to be released by Apple could be almost half a millimetre thinner than its predecessor, according to a story published by AppleInsider.

The already-svelte iPhone range will be thinner than ever, thanks to in-cell touch panels which will replace the existing solutions harnessed for the iPhone 4S.

An analyst believes that various other assets, such as a slender battery, will help the sixth iPhone to measure just 7.9mm thick, putting it in contention to be one of the thinnest smartphones on the planet.

The race for thinner and thinner handsets is relatively new, since consumers are also looking for bigger and bigger screens.

The next touch panel used by the iPhone 5 is likely to be larger than the previous 3.5 inch screens found on Apple's current range. Some experts believe it will be around four inches across the diagonal, which is still a way off the 4.7 inch screens found on rival handsets from HTC and Samsung, but does go some way to addressing concerns about Apple's next hardware decisions.

Apple has become known for its user friendly interfaces, which rely on touch screen responsiveness, so hopefully, its upcoming iPhone will continue this trend.

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Wed, 25 Apr 2012 10:56:05 +0000
<![CDATA[<h2>iPhone 5 touch panel screens built by Sony and Hitachi</h2>]]> http://www.touchpanelcontrol.com/news/iPhone-5-touch-panel-screens-built-by-Sony-and-Hitachi/ 44f683a84163b3523afe57c2e008bc8c Sony and Hitachi have been cited as the two companies that will be responsible for making the four inch touch panel screen for the next iPhone which Apple is likely to launch in the middle of 2012.

According to a news site based in Japan, the deal between these three firms has already been struck and the four inch display size is also confirmed, which means the fifth iPhone will be a definite evolution of this long running range.

Apple has such high demands for its smartphones that it has regularly outsourced the production of components to more than one firm, which is why it is no surprise to see both Sony and Hitachi apparently onboard for the iPhone 5's touch panel.

Meanwhile, the next iPad is also being heavily discussed and the latest rumours suggest that Sharp will be working with Apple to supply the touch panel displays for this next generation tablet.

Looking even further down the line, the fourth iPad, which could be launching in 2013, will see Apple unite with an unspecified Taiwanese touch panel firm, for perhaps the most revolutionary iteration of the device so far.

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Thu, 01 Dec 2011 01:00:15 +0000