Apple's iPad 5 Set to Continue Driving Market Shift Toward In-Cell Display Technology

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Digitimes reports that the adoption of new touch-sensor systems in both the iPhone 5 and iPad has caused a notable shift in the supply chain of the touch panel market, according to research carried out by the firm DisplaySearch.
    Calvin Hseih, research director at DisplaySearch, notes that Apple has been primarily responsible for this shift, despite the massive number of touchscreen devices already on the market. Apple's shift from a GG type touch-sensor system (glass on glass) to in-cell touch technology and GF2 (whereby the second layer of glass is replaced by an optical film) has rapidly influenced the entire supply chain

    Touchscreen architectures (Source: Displaybank/ElectroIQ)
    Apple switched from GG to in-cell touch technology with the iPhone 5 release back in September 2012 and the iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad also feature GF2 technology. Another report by Digitimes reiterates previous rumors that the upcoming fifth-generation iPad, which is slated to be released sometime in Q4 2013, will feature GF2 touch technology.

    That technology will allow the new iPad to be thinner and lighter than previous models, with the technology being supplied by TPK and GIS. The fifth-generation iPad has been rumored and shown in leaked parts to be significantly smaller and thinner than the current iPad, taking design cues from the iPad mini.

    Article Link: Apple's iPad 5 Set to Continue Driving Market Shift Toward In-Cell Display Technology
  2. macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    Good, that's another thing that bothers me with my iPad 3 now that I'm used to the iPhone 5 (apart from weight/performance).

    If the iPad 5 has an A7X, is thinner, lighter, has smaller side bezels and an in-cell touch display it would definitely be a worthwhile upgrade.
  3. macrumors regular


    Feb 8, 2011
    San Juan, PR
    Thinner is better! Although not so much fun when dropping the phone and cracking the screen I guess.. :)

    Is the "Cover Window" supposed to represent the Gorilla Glass?
  4. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    Land of 10,000 Lakes
    Yeah it's odd switching between my iPhone 5, 4, and iPad 3 now. Such a little change in the display, makes a huge difference in how sharp, and vibrant some things look!
  5. macrumors 68000

    Apr 22, 2008
    Nice - I guess the main thing is the resulting weight loss as opposed to the reduction in thickness.
  6. macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2008
  7. macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2009
    You believe thinner breaks easier?
  8. macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2007
    Might be time to upgrade my iPad 2

    Just starting to feel a bit slow.
  9. macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    I hope not. I would hope the main thing is better visuals like color, less glare, better use in the sun etc with better touch sensitivity including some degree of pressure and less battery needs. If that comes in a package that is lighter and thinner, awesome. But weight had better not be THE reason for this

    I would even take cheaper to use so we can bump the base storage without raising the retail price or lowering quality to less than the current as acceptable
  10. macrumors 68040


    Jul 6, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    It does.
  11. macrumors 65816


    Nov 20, 2007
    I'm all over a new iPad. My iPad 2 is still good, but is regularly taken and trashed by my wife and kids.

    It's time!
  12. macrumors regular


    Jun 22, 2009
    Naaaaaaarfolk, England
    Try looking up ALON

    (i.e. transparent aluminium... far stronger than bullet proof glass and a LOT thinner)
  13. macrumors regular

    Dec 4, 2007
    So, just me than that would like it to be the same thickness but have longer battery life?

    It's never going to fit in your pocket, if it's too heavy for you get a mini.
    I'd just like longer battery life for those days when I'm out of reach of a charge point – would accept the back covered in solar panels ;-)
  14. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 19, 2009
    United States
    People don't like thinner lighter phones. They want bigger screen, or smaller and cheaper phones. iPhone 4/4s and samesung g4 sell like hotcakes.
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 1, 2004
    No, it doesn't. Notice how the glass is the same thickness and thanks to Corning, getting stronger all the time? The reduced mass of the screen and device makes breakage less likely.
  16. macrumors member

    May 24, 2010
    Yes, but would thinner ALON break easier than thicker ALON?
  17. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2010
    Depending how you approach the argument, you're both right.

    Obviously a thicker version of the newer tech would indeed be stronger...

    EDIT: Dades wrote exactly what I was thinking...
  18. macrumors 65816

    Jan 27, 2012
    No matter how strong glass makers say their glass is, I still see shattered screens everywhere I go. :rolleyes:
  19. macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2002
    Tokyo, Japan
    Just to be clear. I LIKE thinner, lighter phones.
  20. macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2011
    Gramps, what the hell am I paying you for?
    It wouldn't break, but a thinner sheet could bend easier if you applied enough pressure.
  21. macrumors 6502

    Jan 3, 2012
    Try looking up Spinel ceramics

    (far stronger than ALON and a LOT thinner)

  22. saturn88, Jul 24, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2013

    macrumors 6502

    Sep 5, 2011
    What picture does not show is a backlit which required by LCD and adds significant bulk. AMOLED does not use backlit.
  23. macrumors 6502


    Apr 6, 2012
    I have the iPad 3 and find it to be too heavy. When the iPad Mini came out, I was really excited but became determined to wait for the retina release.

    Seeing now that the full size iPad will get the same facelift and a corresponding decrease in weight, I can no longer say with certainty that my next iPad purchase will be a retina Mini. So, assuming they release the iPad 5 soon and then the rMini later, I'll be in a difficult position where I'm itching to make an upgrade without knowing what I'm missing out on. The reasonable thing to do is simply wait until they release both and then make an informed purchase, but... well, hey, I like shiny new things and I've got cash to burn.

    All that being said, I honestly CAN'T expect Apple to release a retina Mini at the same time as the iPad 5, even if both products are fully prepared for a release. It's just too good of a marketing opportunity to position their respective releases in a staggered fashion. People might b!tch about it, but I'd do the same if I worked for Apple and it were my decision.
  24. macrumors 603

    Jun 14, 2010
    That's nice, but the context was assuming the same material. When you change materials of course all bets are off; a 2mm piece of steel breaks less easily than a 1cm thick sugar cookie.

    ALON is cool stuff -- too bad it's cost prohibitive for phone use at $10-15/cm^2


    Yeah, well: Cracked phone screens are apparently a weird new status symbol
  25. macrumors 604

    Mar 29, 2008
    The lighter a phone gets, there is a reduction in glass-cracking potential when dropped! When phones become feather-light, they'll just glide to the ground when dropped. Heck, you'll be able to catch it after you drop it, 100% of the time!

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