A decrease in the deliveries of touch panels was noted recently compared to the first quarter. This decrease in touch panel deliveries comes as preparations are being made for the upcoming iPhone 5 of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL).
According to unnamed sources, the suppliers of touch panels for Apple have hinted at a decrease of around 20 percent will be expected for the second quarter. The suppliers of touch panels for Apple are Wintek and TPL Holding.
The reports have also indicated that the iPhone 5 is already entering its final stages and that the in-cell touch technology will be used for the upcoming iPhone 5 of Apple. The reduction in the deliveries of the touch panels has given indications that Apple may be switching to this new technology for its devices.
Earlier reports had hinted that Apple will be using the in-cell technology for the iPhone 5. The technology will offer a multi-touch experience that is built into thin-film transistors that would make the use of glass and sensors unnecessary. The use of the technology on the upcoming iPhone 5 may also result to a slimmer form factor for the upcoming device, which will also feature a lighter screen display.
The reports have also indicated that the in-cell touch panels that will be used on the upcoming iPhone 5 will not be manufactured by Wintek and TPK even though they supplied the touch panels for the previous products of the company.
In addition to the in-touch technology that will be used on the next version of the iPhone of Apple, the iPhone 5 will reportedly feature a four-inch display screen, support for 4G LTE networks along with a new dock connector that will have a smaller number of pins compared to the current version of the dock connector that has thirty pins.
Apple did not issue any statements in connection to the reports on the possible use of the in-cell technology for the iPhone 5.