Back in April we told you about rumors surrounding the new iPhone’s touchscreen technology. According to the report, Apple would be using in-cell touchscreen tech in the new iPhone. This technology combines the two layers of the current iPhone’s display – the touch-sensitive glass panel and the LCD display – into one, resulting in a significantly thinner display. A few days later an analyst confirmed the rumors, saying that the new iPhone will be over a millimeter thinner than the iPhone 4S.
Now there is new information that offers more support for the new iPhone’s in-cell display. According to Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White, Wintek has been reporting a significant drop in sales of its display technology. Wintek is a major supply partner for Apple, supplying components for the displays in many of Apple’s iOS devices, including the iPhone. White suggests that Wintek is “ramping down certain programs” because they are “losing market share in key next generation Apple products.”
In other words, Apple won’t be using Wintek’s components in the next iPhone. While that doesn’t necessarily mean that Apple will be going with in-cell technology, specifically, it does imply that they’ll be making some kind of changes to the display. In-cell is a prime candidate for that.