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Apple said to use thin-film touch panel in the rumored 7.85" iPad, making it thinner and cheaper

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Apple said to use thin-film touch panel in the rumored 7.85
Those thin-film touch panels speculated to be used in the next iPhone? Well, secretive industry supply sources claim they are actually to also be used by an upcoming 7.85" iPad Mini, which might grace this planet in time for the holiday shopping craze, as the Wall Street Journal already reported.

The sources even went so far as to name the suppliers of the innovative G/F2 touch panel, which will shave off thickness, and make the display cheaper to boot. Nitto will be making the thin-film materials, while Nissha Printing and TPK will be laminating them in the screens for the iPad Mini. Wintek, which has been a traditional touch components supplier for Cupertino, apparently hasn't built thin-film capacity yet.

The G/F2 design, standing for glass + layer of touch film with the electrodes top and bottom laminated to it, is thinner than the traditional G/F/F design, which puts two layers on top of each other. Thus the eventual 7.85" iPad Mini screen will be cheaper to produce and thinner, adding to the eventual smaller bezel we heard about before

Apple doesn't make nearly as much from the iPad franchise as it makes from the iPhone, especially now with the expensive "Resolutionary" display on the new iPad, and it will make even less dough in absolute numbers from an affordable 8" iPad Mini. Thus every little bit to juice up that profit margin helps, considering that it will probably sell many millions more than its larger sibling to compensate, and the screen is the most expensive component in a tablet.

source: Digitimes

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posted on 15 May 2012, 05:42 8

1. Cyan3boN (Posts: 425; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


whatever, I'm getting a win8 tablet

posted on 15 May 2012, 05:46 10

2. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


Apple buy cheap components and sell higher price for bigger profit.

posted on 15 May 2012, 14:04 3

7. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


Apple biggest client is Samsung.. just so you know...

posted on 15 May 2012, 15:09 3

9. remixfa (Posts: 14080; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


samsung is apples biggest supplier. . Samsungs biggest client is apple .. chicken head.

posted on 15 May 2012, 16:25 1

11. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


spin it any way you want.. the result is the same

posted on 15 May 2012, 23:42

14. mas11 (Posts: 1032; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Yep, Apple uses Samsung's cheaper hardware and marks up its devices to make huge profits while Samsung uses its top of the line hardware and sells it for the same price as Apple.

posted on 15 May 2012, 06:24 5

3. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1024; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


yeah whatever win8 is the one for me

posted on 15 May 2012, 07:07 1

4. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


the funny thing is these things will sell it would all but destory the android tablet share the only one that can compete is nokia winodws 8 tablets so come on nokia let me get a lumia 900 style tablet.

posted on 15 May 2012, 08:22 1

5. -box- (Posts: 3866; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


I don't understand a 7.85" tablet for apple. The normal ipad is 9.7", so there's only an inch saved diagonally in both directions. 7" or 6.85" would make more sense for a smaller tablet

posted on 15 May 2012, 08:58 2

6. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6690; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Apple doesnt know what cheap is

posted on 15 May 2012, 14:05 2

8. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


but Android does

posted on 15 May 2012, 16:13

10. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Oh well, still going to buy the Nexus tab, then a Win8 transformer-like x86 tab for good measures

posted on 15 May 2012, 17:27

12. networkdood (Posts: 6310; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


So, this will break as easy as the iphone 4 and 4S?

posted on 15 May 2012, 20:05 1

13. APPLE_R0YALLY (banned) (Posts: 73; Member since: 08 May 2012)


We see® Apple making economical products.....!? We say®.....!?

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