Rumor: the Apple iPhone 7 might ditch in-cell touch panels to achieve thinner bezels

Rumor: the Apple iPhone 7 might ditch in-cell touch panels to achieve thinner bezels
As most of you probably know by now, Apple is about a week away from announcing new iPhones. Expected to be called the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus, these handsets are said to be traditional S-cycle products with tweaked and improved internal hardware and only slight - if any - changes in terms of design and display. We've often talked about Apple's two upcoming smartphones in the past couple of months, but if you're more interested in learning about where the iPhone smartphone could go to next, then you might be interested in the latest iPhone 7 rumor.

Digitimes, a Taiwanese publication with a mixed track record of reporting on upcoming products, recently quoted unnamed industry sources who claim that Apple will go back to the glass-on-glass touchscreen technology after relying on in-cell touch panels for about four consecutive years (counting here the upcoming iPhone 6S generation, which will most likely have an in-cell display panel). Starting with the iPhone 5, Apple switched from glass-on-glass touch panels to in-cell ones, a technology that is still used today on most modern flagships. In essence, the in-cell touch technology reduces the thickness of the display unit by integrating the touch panel in the display glass and has long been hailed as a way to make smartphones thinner without reducing the size of the battery. 

As you could probably anticipate, Apple is definitely not going back to the old glass-on-glass technology with the 2016 iPhone 7. Instead, the report claims that the next-gen iPhone will make the switch to a new and improved version of the tech called ultra-thin glass-on-glass. The publication claims that Apple is facing some bottlenecks with in-touch panels, and that the technology is keeping the manufacturer from introducing new features and increasing the resolution. Furthermore, the in-cell touch tech is said to impose limitations on how thin the bezels can go, as these touch panels suffer from poor sensitivity right next to the edges. 

The report also claims that both Corning and Ashai Glass, two of the largest display glass manufacturers in the world, have already sent glass samples to Apple for consideration.

As with all rumors, especially iPhone-centric ones, make sure to digest this info with a grain of salt. Even if Apple is truly planning to explore ultra-thin glass-on-glass touch panels, it's probably too early in the development cycle for the feature to be a lock for the upcoming iPhone 7. Thoughts?

source: Digitimes via GforGames

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18 Comments

2. SIGPRO

Posts: 2815; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Wow Apple damn good job you are best.......NOT!

13. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

Maybe not, but they're still gonna outsell every other phone on the market.

14. HildyJ

Posts: 338; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Azimesmail - So what? Android still outsells iOS. The fact that there are more than two phone choices is seen by discerning people as a plus. PhoneArena - Can we at least wait until this year's announcement before we start publishing rumors about next year's? Millennials - You have made phones anorexic. Stop it. Let's bulk up with some Li-ion.

19. nodes

Posts: 1158; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

So what? those numbers mostly come from cheap Android, and you know there is little profit in there, what's the point of having a high number sales, but low profit margin?

20. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

Android outsells iOS because they have hundreds of phones, and majority of the world cannot afford flagship devices so they're forced to buy mid and low range Androids.

17. SIGPRO

Posts: 2815; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

It may sell like hell, but still the iPhone is a overpriced midrange Phone! Check the new phones and tablets.......sorry but Apple will loose market share!

21. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

It's not a midrange phone. It still performs as well as high end Androids. I'm a S6 Edge+ user, but I know that iPhones are not mid-range.

3. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

Any improvement is welcome and since these will let the sides more touch sensitive then kudos for them .

4. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Seriously, if they do switch back and they use the word "innovative" about them switching to the same tech a lot of others are using "but thinner", and people believe it and praise it. I think I will give up on trying to explain why Apple is only good at marketing not products to people.

8. Iodine

Posts: 1478; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Who uses "ultrathin" glass on glass solution ? Is that even available ? Isn't it a custom Apple solution to the problem ? And yeah "same" tech but thinner - which requires imense efforts to fit the same thing into smaller space and make it work the same (or better !). Like saying a formula is the same tech as regular racing car, just lower height.

12. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Anyone with small bezels are using a similar technology or better. You are the only one believing in this bs. They claimed they use better aluminum than everyone else but that was just bulls**t. I still remember you saying something about retina HD being something special when all it means is that retina finally passed the 720p threshold to be classified as HD and that's only reason Apple tacked the HD. To fool complete suckers like you AlixMalix, MisterCarter, and gaming64. Lol I can't believe you suckers fall for their PR bs. I mean seriously. Lol

15. jalebi2000

Posts: 181; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

Or Apple could just cut the battery size again.

18. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

I get what you are saying, but people are already using this and what they are using is extremely thin, as evident by the thin phones around. My point as if Apple calls it "ultra thin" yet it is just the same as everyone elses, meaning the phone won't be significantly thinner. And then claims it is innovation....which it isn't since it is just the same thing everyone else is using, but Apple just might call it something else and claim innovation.

5. Iodine

Posts: 1478; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Looks good... The trade off will be ultra thin bezzel for a bit thicker phone. But they are deffinitelly aiming for thinning down the display stack still. Going back to more complex touch layer is not going to be cheap or easy to produce, but Apple is master at managing that. Hope it's thinner than 6,9 mm !

6. rsiders

Posts: 1934; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

File this news under "too soon."

10. hamaidx

Posts: 85; Member since: Apr 28, 2015

iTARDS ... Funny ya.... iTARDS are retards mann..

11. gaming64 unregistered

I wonder why RETARDS would come to any iArticle here and troll. Stop your iLove and just enjoy your Android devices.

16. jalebi2000

Posts: 181; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

I think this is a big step in the tight direction. Apple sells many devices, it's only fair that the buyers should have proper bezels.

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