Taiwan-based TPK Holdings Ltd. has been awarded a contract from Apple to supply between 70% and 80% of the touch panels for its upcoming fifth-generation iPhone, Taiwan Economic News reports. Referring to the next-generation smartphone as the “iPhone 4S,” the publication cites unnamed industry insiders with the report. TPK holdings is currently the world’s largest touch panel maker by volume, and is said to be the only manufacturer able to meet Apple’s steep quantity demands while maintaining consistent quality. TPK Holdings is already Apple’s top touch panel supplier and the unparalleled quality of Apple’s current touch experience makes the retention of its current No. 1 supplier a logical move. The Taiwan-based component manufacturer also supplies touch panels to HTC, Amazon and Barnes & Noble, among others. Apple is expected to launch its fifth-generation iPhone handset this fall. More →
Apple’s manufacturing partners are slated to build 5 million iPad 2 units in July alone, DigiTimes reports. The new claim follows an earlier report stating Apple will ship between 12 million and 14 million iPad 2 tablets in the third quarter of 2011, doubling the Cupertino-based technology giant’s second-quarter shipment volume. DigiTimes claims Cando, Sintek Photronic, Chimei Innolux, TPK Holding and Wintek will combine to supply 5 million touch sensors this month, matching the volume they reportedly filled in June. Apple’s iPad 2 remins one of the best-selling consumer electronics devices on the market, and Apple may launch an updated version of the tablet later this year according to rumors. More →
Strong demand for Apple’s iPad 2 tablet has reportedly lead the Cupertino-based company to add a third touch panel manufacturer to its supply chain. Bloomberg has confirmed the deal with two anonymous sources who claim that Foxconn affiliate Chimei Innolux will begin supplying touchscreen displays for Apple’s iPad 2 beginning next month. The Taiwan-based manufacturer will join Apple’s current iPad 2 touch panel suppliers, Wintek and TPK Holding, which apparently have not been able to combine to meet the unrelenting demand for Apple’s latest tablet. Apple declined to comment on the deal, as did Wintek, TPK Holding and Chimei Innolux. More →
Research In Motion will finally launch its anticipated BlackBerry PlayBook tablet on April 19th, though most had initially expected it to reach consumers well before that date. According to a new report from DigiTimes, Apple may have been behind the rumored delays. The report states that RIM’s touch panel supplier, Foxlink, was so inundated with display orders from Apple that it wasn’t able to meet RIM’s manufacturing needs on time. “Sources from touch screen panel makers also pointed out that PlayBook shipments were postponed for about a month from the original schedule due to a delay in software testing as well as shortage of touch panels because Apple already booked up most of the available capacity,” the report claims. RIM’s late launch could have a significant impact on PlayBook sales, though several analysts believe the BlackBerry tablet will still sell quite well in its debut year. More →
If 9to5Mac is correct, the photo you see above, that originally appeared on a Chinese reseller of Apple’s parts’ website, is the front digitizer panel for the next generation iPhone. Set to be announced in June, the iPhone 5 has been rumored to include a larger display in the 4-inch range, bumping up from the 3.5-inch size that Apple has used since the handset’s original introduction and features an edge-to-edge screen. In addition to the larger display, the new iPhone is said to be completely redesigned even though the iPhone 4 introduced just six months ago was a radical departure from the previous models.
UPDATE: Sorry ladies and gents, it looks like this is just a Photoshop job. More →
A report Monday morning offers new unconfirmed details on the upcoming next iteration of Sony’s popular PSP gaming console. In what is expected to be the most significant hardware revision since the PSP was first released in 2004, the PSP2 picture seems to take a clearer shape with each passing week. Now, Kotaku claims to have confirmed some important details surrounding the highly anticipated handheld. The blog has apparently confirmed rumors with several sources that Sony’s PSP2 will sport a rear-facing touch panel. The panel is described as a “big mouse trackpad,” though details on exactly how it will be implemented are still unclear. The report goes on to state that the display on the PSP2 will be sharper than the screen on the current PSP, and it will also be 1-inch larger. Sony is reportedly describing the display as “HD” in private meetings. In slightly more troubling news, the company may be having overheating problems with its current prototype hardware, but release delays are not expected. Sony is said to be targeting a release date some time in fall 2011 for the PSP2. More →