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

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




Posts: 73; Member since: May 08, 2012

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

12. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

10. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

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

6. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Apple doesnt know what cheap is

8. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

but Android does

5. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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

4. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

3. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

yeah whatever win8 is the one for me

2. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

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

7. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

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

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

11. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

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

14. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 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.

1. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

whatever, I'm getting a win8 tablet

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