Apple May Be Going back to Glass-on-Glass Touch Panels for iPhone 7

A new report out of Apple’s supply chain in Asia recommends that the business could be returning to using ultra-thin glass-on-glass touch panels for next year’s line of iPhones, however will stay using in-cell touch panels for the “iPhone 6s” and “iPhone 6s Plus,” both forecasted to launch this month (by means of DigiTimes). The sources mention Apple’s problems with production bottlenecks of the in-cell technology which prevent the company from “adding new functions in addition to enhancing resolutions.”


Makers have currently started sending out samples of fully laminated G/G technology to Apple and Corning together with Asahi Glass have actually also apparently sent glass samples.

Market viewers have actually recently noted that Apple remains in conversations over whether to go back to G/G instead of in-cell technology for future iPhone devices as in-cell innovation is presently having problem with numerous production traffic jams that are preventing Apple from including new functions in addition to enhancing resolutions.

Significantly, the improvement in glass-on-glass production innovation could grant Apple the ability to develop a bezel-free iPhone that in-cell panels presently limit. The possibility of a full 4K ultra HD screen would likewise remain in the cards according to the sources in the company’s supply chain, once more indicating existing restrictions on in-cell touch panels themselves, and their production.

G/G touch panels may also help Apple establish bezel-free smartphones as in-cell touch panels supposedly are battling with touch level of sensitivity on the edges. In addition, in-cell touch panels also make it hard for suppliers to pursue greater resolutions consisting of Ultra HD (4K) due to present traffic jams, the observers stated.

Apple used glass-on-glass touch panels in its iPhone line until the iPhone 5 came out in 2012 with in-cell panels. The brand-new line of iPhones forecasted to be announced at next week’s September 9 media occasion will certainly continue to use in-cell panels, with stronger 7000 series aluminum shells, Force Touch, an improved 12-megapixel camera, all housed in a comparable design to last year’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models.

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