iPhone 5 Shipments Could Be Affected By Manufacturing Issues Of The New In-cell Touch Panels


31.07.2012

iPhone 5 Shipments Could Be Affected By Manufacturing Issues Of The New In-cell Touch Panels

Sources are indicating that iPhone 5 will sport a 4-inch display manufactured using a new technology, called in-cell, allowing Apple’s engineers to improve the quality of the display, reduce the battery consumption and reduce the size of the touch panel.

This new technology must be implemented in iPhone 5′s displays using a new fabrication process and it seems that Apple’s Asian partners are having some problems manufacturing the new displays.

Japan Display, LG Display and Sharp are the companies that have been contracted by Apple to supply the new in-cell touch panels, but Japan Display is the only company that manages to produce one in two panels without manufacturing faults.

We are talking here about a yield rate of 50% for this company, while the rest of the companies have even worse results, while Apple have raised the price with $10 – 15 for each panel produced by the companies.

Even though Apple have promised them more money for each in-cell touch panel, the Cupertino-based company’s partners can’t produce enough displays to fulfill Apple’s demand. Therefore Apple might produce just a quarter of the number of displays that should be available for iPhone 5 in the next quarter.

If the rumors are true, then the iPhone 5 launch will only bring a few terminals in the stores, which will certainly affect Apple’s sales as a whole.

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