Apple iPad Pro to ship next year with silver nanowire touch panel, sapphire glass?

Apple iPad Pro to ship next year with silver nanowire touch panel, sapphire glass?
The iPad front has been relatively quiet since the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 launched to a warm reception and a sluggish tablet market. The eventual iPad Pro, however, has been shaping itself into a handsome news topic, as evidence of its existence has been getting more and more substantial. Today, we get to learn that that Apple has been talking to its display suppliers — LG, JDI, and Samsung among others — about mass-producing AgNW-coated touch panels for the iPad Pro's display. AgNW stands for silver nano wire, a material for creating transparent conductive layers from single crystals of silver nano wires.

The technology is supposed to succeed the industry-standard indium tin oxide coating, offering better sensitivity and compatibility with the flexible displays that are poised to take over the future. AgNW readily allows for multiple pressure sensitivity levels too, which must jibe well with Apple's Force Touch exploits. After embedding the technology in the Apple Watch, and the new Macbook's touch pad, the iPhone and iPad could very well become its next frontiers.

Moreover, AgNW will allow for decreased production costs and better profit margins for manufacturers, as the technology doesn't utilise indium, which is a rare metal that's going extinct. It is estimated that there are only 12 years of natural indium supplies left, which means the LCD display manufacturing industry (which uses indium tin oxide for LCD screens' transparent electrodes, and is the world's largest ITO consumer) is in need of an alternative. Unless OLED completely takes over LCD, that alternative seems to be silver.

Silver, however, won't be the only special material gracing the iPad Pro's rumored 12-inch display. Reportedly, Apple still hasn't given up on sapphire glass, despite last year's million-dollar production fiasco, and is looking into adorning the iPad Pro with a sapphire panel. We'll have to see how that works out, as well as whether the gargantuan tablet will be the first product to ship with a silver nano wire screen. As Apple is a top customer to display suppliers, it is entitled to the latest and greatest technology on disposal before smaller competitors can get their hands on it, so this prediction has a perfectly good chance to come true.

The industry sources spinning the whole AnGW rumor web say the iPad Pro will be announced next year, which makes a holiday iPad-related keynote an unlikely event. But we will get new iPhones this year, which is always something to look up to!

via G For Games

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37 Comments

1. Saioofi

Posts: 343; Member since: May 23, 2014

This thing will be a total failure of it runs iOS

2. seret6

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

I personally hate over peicing staretegy of apple and also lack of major features in their iphones Yet your comment is the MOST LUDICROUS AND RIDICULOUS thing i have ever read, do you even know about the cult following of apple, will those fans ever let ipad pro fail?

6. seret6

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

Even as i much i hate and avoid using apple products, i have never found a tablet better than Ipads in any aspect except micro sd slot I personally dont think any company can make a truly useful product like ipad Since i constantly use latest androids from samsung, htc side by side with latest iphone, im in a better position to know what to expect from a useful and productive tablet Ur critique and feedback is welcomed

7. seret6

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

I want to make myself clear that i have no love for any particular brand, im more interested in discovering best product that any brand can offer And i totally agree that ipad thingy can never match funtionality of a laptop as well

8. Saioofi

Posts: 343; Member since: May 23, 2014

Chill. I meant it they should use Mac OS instead of iOS

9. bucky

Posts: 3786; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I agree with you for sure. I think it would need mac os otherwise no point in it-especially if you already have airplay for larger screens.

20. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

You forgot about the pen function. Apple is emulating this ->http://www.wacom.com/en-us/products/pen-displays/cintiq-13-hd

25. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

It should run OS x not IOS that's right and you are THE MOST ON PATIENCE person in here number 2.

3. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

LOL no, you underestimate the power of wool cloaked mammals.

10. bucky

Posts: 3786; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

funny mentioning that when the beloved galaxy is now an iphone and the supposed "short comings" fandroids have talked about no longer bother them :) A fanboy is a fanboy. The cloak is cut from the same material. Just one points his finger at the other all the time.

18. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I don't know what you're smoking but I don't see how anyone's "beloved galaxy" is an iPhone and I am not a fan of Samsung phones for the most part (I prefer on screen buttons and slightly smaller phones than the current crop so far). Still, at least you got fanboy = fanboy right, wasn't even expecting you to get that far.

26. Amiet

Posts: 37; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Stop barking, People like you deserve A high five on face with A Chair .. Go get urself educated .

31. Sauce5 unregistered

Wow....looks like he upset you....... His point stands xD lololol

27. waddup121 unregistered

yep..

4. seret6

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

Even as i much i hate and avoid using apple products, i have never found a tablet better than Ipads in any aspect except micro sd slot I personally dont think any company can make a truly useful product like ipad Since i constantly use latest androids from samsung, htc side by side with latest iphone, im in a better position to know what to expect from a useful and productive tablet Ur critique and feedback is welcomed

12. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

If Samsung Tablet had better processors they would be much better. But until them I'm stuck with an iPad and an S5

13. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Nothing to do with processors or ram or specs, ipads are no1 cause of the app/games and accessories support. You can buy an ipad today and find any kind of accessory for years, Samsung puts out new tablets and sizes all the time,kinda impossible for companies to keep up supporting with accessories 250 different samsung models. Ecosystem + accessories + ease of use.

19. TechKnowledge

Posts: 55; Member since: May 05, 2013

Try a Surface 3 or Pro 3

21. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

then you've yet to use a surface pro 3 or surface 3. no other tablet on the market comes close to the design or power, especially in the pro edition.

34. Slaughter

Posts: 27; Member since: Apr 29, 2015

I personally own a Galaxy note 10.1 2014. I'm not a big fan of tablette, since i'm always on my phone... I bought this tablet for university (note and schema) and it's just great, the S pen allow me to take my notes by hand on Word, I'm abble to reproduce schema easily. I can split the screen and take notes with my anatomy schema side by side. Usefull features, I don't know if you can do that on an ipad.

5. seret6

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

I want to make myself clear that i have no love for any particular brand, im more interested in discovering best product that any brand can offer And i totally agree that ipad thingy can never match funtionality of a laptop as well

14. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Same can be said for laptops when compared to tablets. Each has its own purpose. I would take any day a nice desktop PC and a tablet than a laptop.

22. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

but the surface can. seems as though you're not being that objective in your assessment.

11. TheGunnyPT

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

There goes my hope of a Surface Pro but with OSX and a waccom pen...

23. gaming64 unregistered

Never lose hope.

32. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

No way, if Apple did put OSX with touch optimization on an ipad it would cannibalize the sales of its very very successful macbook line. iPads are slowly dying but cannibalizing macbooks isn't the answer.

15. ikenvape

Posts: 309; Member since: May 28, 2014

What makes you his think Apple will use sapphire glass on a giant iPad pro when the cost was too great for them to offer it on the iPhone 6? Yes their going to use it for 12 inch plus panels. Clock baiting

17. Saioofi

Posts: 343; Member since: May 23, 2014

The thing with sapphire is although its unscratchable, it's very brittle

16. ikenvape

Posts: 309; Member since: May 28, 2014

What makes you his think Apple will use sapphire glass on a giant iPad pro when the cost was too great for them to offer it on the iPhone 6? Yes their going to use it for 12 inch plus panels. Click baiting

24. gaming64 unregistered

iPad Pro compatible with Bluetooth keyboard, Hybrid OS X and iOS(wish it was skeumorphism design) ability to play both Mac OS and iPad games, then you'll have me.

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