iPhone 5 rumors: Apple’s next smartphone could use in-cell technology

According to DisplaySearch analyst David Hsieh, the Cupertino tech giant is likely to the technology from Japanese manufacturers such as Sony, Sharp, and Toshiba, which are leaders in the industry at the moment.

“Compared with on-cell technology, touch panels that use in-cell technology can be made thinner because the touch sensors are actually placed inside the color filters rather than on top of them,” Hsieh explained, as cited by Taiwan’s Central News Agency,.

“At present, Taiwan’s TPK Holding Co. and Wintek Corp., which supply touch panels to Apple, use mainly on-cell technology in their products, according to the two companies.”

In addition, Digitimes cites “sources in Apple’s supply chain” who claim that Apple could use the technology in future devices thanks to improvements in yield rates for the in-cell panels.

The site reports that Sharp and Toshiba will start production of in-cell panels this quarter.