Higher iPhone screen resolutions reportedly hindered by in-cell touch 'bottlenecks'

Higher iPhone screen resolutions reportedly hindered by in-cell touch 'bottlenecks'
Apple's rumored 1080p display for the next iPhone 6s, and a 2K one for the iPhone 6s Plus, if they ever materialize, might be born out of exasperation with the in-cell technology production yields, it turns out. A recent report from the proverbial "supply chain sources" in Taipei indicates that Apple might be having trouble with the in-cell touch technology advancements, namely the inability of display makers to expand it to higher resolutions on the cheap and abundant. When the touch layer is integrated directly in the panel itself, instead of laid on top, thus shaving off precious fractions of a millimeter from the display package itself, and making the screen more sensitive, too.

Granted, JDI recently announced the first Quad HD resolution mobile panel with in-cell touch, but whether those are easy to produce in mass quantities, is a whole different ballgame. Thus, the good old glass-on-glass (G/G) package might be making a comeback in the iPhone, until the in-cell touch bottlenecks are ironed out. 

Moreover, TPK - one of the leading touch solution providers - managed to create a G/G lamination that is only 0.85mm thick, and said it has the potential to go down to 0.71mm even, which wouldn't be that far off in-cell touch packages. In any case, it would be interesting to see what panels the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will come equipped with, if there is any change in their screen resolution this year.

source: Digitimes

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43 Comments

1. ZeeNasir

Posts: 131; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

Go go Apple. Follow the trail. Nkw you will know what is customer demand.

16. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2348; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

iPhones have always been on demand ....

22. waddup121 unregistered

Its like a patent, the idea is gonna be scrapped!

34. HappySocks unregistered

Customer demand? Every time I have gone to the mall, there are waiting lines outside the Apple store just to get in. I'd say their customer demand is pretty good lol.

2. dimas

Posts: 3324; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Apple, one of the richest and biggest phone manufacturers on the planet, is having technological problems pushing 1080p on their device in 2015. 2015 guys, f**king 2015. Great laugh apple, keep the stand up comedies coming.

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5653; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Apple don't make their own panels Its their supplier that's having the issues In this case its Japan Display Inc., a joint venture by Sony, Toshiba, and Hitachi Sony are in some financial trouble, the other two are doing fine but aren't as big as Samsung or LG

11. josephnero

Posts: 777; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

12. vincelongman

Posts: 5653; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

That's good But that's over 5", not 4.7" which the 6S will have So is the source for this article is wrong? Or Apple are using a different supplier this time round?

13. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

I think Apple are using a different supplier like Sharp or even LG because as far as i know JDI is already able to Mass Produce of 5-inch Full-HD in-cell touch panel since October 8, 2013. www.j-display.com/english/news/2013/20131008.html

14. danielxxi

Posts: 183; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

JDI is the largest mobile lcd maker in the world, how can they financially trouble?

15. ph00ny

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 26, 2011

Because all three nanufacturers participating in the joint venture has been struggling for a quite sometime. Also winning apple contract doesn't mean automatic win since apple will nickel and dime you on the contract based on certain production figure and eventually undercut the contract by not meeting the production milestone

18. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

"Because all three nanufacturers participating in the joint venture has been struggling for a quite sometime" Yeah that is why "The Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ)" financed the merger of Sony, Toshiba, and Hitachi's LCD divisions into one entity by investing two hundred billion yen.

26. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

When it comes small and medium sized lcd displays JDI is actually bigger than Samsung or LG. Not only because they have more and better LCD tech but also the combining manufacturing plants of Sony, Toshiba and Hitachi + the new plant is able to produce more panels than LG or Samsung.

28. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Well maybe Apple need to make there own pannel ? Anyhow this is only excuses to not put 1080p on future iphone.

3. aesthetics

Posts: 128; Member since: Oct 02, 2014

No need for higher resolution.

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5653; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Agreed, I'd prefer if Apple switched to OLED with Force Touch, like the P-OLEDs in the Apple Watch

17. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2348; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Exactly!! Give us OLED :-D

21. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Yeah there is a need, or at least get rid of that awful yellow tint or the burnt shadow at the top that looks like burnt glue that hasn't cured yet.

35. HappySocks unregistered

Seems like you're putting your phone where it shouldn't be. If you believe it should be there, then sorry in advance. Whatever floats your boa....I mean raises your sail.

37. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Wow! That is a pretty lame and non humorous comment, even by your low ifan standards. I see that you are still insulted and angry about my comments from the other post. Haha

38. HappySocks unregistered

Ahh, still can't answer my previous question I see. Nothing but ducks and dodges from a little fangirl. Lawl

4. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

When apps developer and loyal Apple user drowning at a same time, Apple would definitely save the developer and let their customers drown Increasing resolution is a pain in the neck for most developer, dream on if you think Apple listen to customers over developer

30. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

You're a moron. Developers cater to customers. Apple both directly and indirectly caters to their customers. Direct being through sale of hardware and software, and indirectly through the apps which are made to be used on Apple devices. In any regard, developers are all for advancements. I spend all day every day around them. Customers love advancements, therefore developers love advancements, and therefore Apple loves advancements. Many of the great apps we see on the Appstore are made by companies, not individuals. Even if you had a few developers who were pissed about having to adjust, upper management doesn't give a s**t, because as pointed out above.. customers love advancements, and therefore these companies do too. Here here to capitalism!

6. 3rdDegree

Posts: 218; Member since: Jul 13, 2013

Doesn't LG have an in cell touch panel with the G4?

8. josephnero

Posts: 777; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

7. josephnero

Posts: 777; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

19. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Showing and being able to produce with a profitable yield is two different things. Why do you think Samsung shows OLED TVs but only LG are selling them on the market?

23. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Apple can take the hit, but unfortunately for their fans, they never will until you saps make a stand and refuse to pay their ridiculous prices.

20. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Looks like they are using the same type of trickery again. When the first wave of new Android devices hit, they let news go of a new technology supposedly on their upcoming iPhone months away. Then after all the hype dies down over Android, oh no, looks like yields aren't good enough and you won't see it this year after all. Maybe, just maybe... next year? How long are people (me included lol) going to believe this garbage. Seriously..

24. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Apple has a lot more shady tactics than that but that's a good example. Hopefully the sheep wake up to it eventually.

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