iphone 5 concept In cell touch panels and Taiwans manufacturing woes

If you’re looking forward to Apple’s next generation iPhone 5, then you should know a little bit more about the business end, as well as the display technology will influence the new iPhone’s look and feel.

If you’re looking forward to Apple’s next generation iPhone 5, then you should know a little bit more about the business end, as well as the display technology will influence the new iPhone’s look and feel. 

Mass production of in-cell touch panels by Sony was launched in February.  The new type of touch panel is thinner than current panels that are equipped in today’s high end phones.  iPhone fans can expect the next generation iPhone to be no less than 1.0mm slimmer than the current iPhone 4.

incell diagram In cell touch panels and Taiwans manufacturing woes

As you can see from the diagram above, Sony’s in-cell touch panel essentially eliminates the need for a touch sensor between the cover glass and LCD screen.  The LCD screen in the iPhone 5 will have the touch control built in, thus, shaving off approximately .50mm. 

Reports from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests that Apple will also do away with the glass backing and adopting the metal backing which will slim down the iPhone even further.  In addition to the backing change, Kuo also predicts that Apple will try to integrate a slimmer battery that, along with other major changes, will ultimately shave 0.96mm off the current iPhone 4. 

Several other companies beside Sony from around the globe are vying for Apple’s business.  Sharp Corp, and Toshiba from Japan are already scheduled to start production of in-cell panels for Apple.  Tech giant LG from South Korea is also in the discussion.  Many would also question why there aren’t any Taiwanese companies in that category.

According to tapeitimes.com, one of the leading Taiwanese display manufacturers, AU Optronics Corp, is lagging behind its Japanese and South Korean competitors.  AUO is not expected to begin mass product of similar in-cell touch technology until the third or fourth quarter. 

For the panel display manufacturers in Taiwan, this is definitely a big blow since they simply can’t compete with companies from other countries for Apple’s business.  Nevertheless, the advent of the in-cell touch panels is exciting news enough for many iPhone fanatics to forget that the “made in Taiwan” text won’t be appearing on the inside on the upcoming iPhone 5.