Apple to Switch to Glass-Film Touch Solution for Apple Watch?

The same source has cited TPK Holding, which happens to be the current supplier of touch panels for the current line of Apple Watch. This year, the company is looking to stop display production for Apple Watch altogether, and instead focus on manufacturing 3D Touch embedded OLED displays. If this is the case, then the supplier could ultimately step away from the production of touch panels for the Apple Watch.

Apple has not yet announced the Apple Watch 3 release date. Some speculate this to be the reason behind the supply constraint Apple Watch has been facing for some time.

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Right on time, our first rumour has arrived: DigiTimes, which has a so-so track record when it comes to leaking Apple news, claims the third-generation watch will feature a new display technology. The curvature makes it hard to manufacture touch sensors, with the report suggesting that TPK Holding made losses in 2016 due to the low yield. Thanks to a new report from Digitimes, we now have an idea - an extremely vague one, admittedly - of how Apple is approaching the Apple Watch Series 3.

Considering cost and yield rates, Apple will adopt G/F (glass-film) touch solution in place of TOL for new Apple Watch and have Taiwan-based General Interface Solution or Hong Kong-based 'Biel Crystal Manufactory' (not a typo) produce the G/F touch panels, with shipments to begin in the second half of 2017.

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Rumors pertaining to Apple Watch Series 3 stated that the upcoming smartwatch may come with an extended battery life, which may support loads of other activities on the wearable. The patent, although filed by Apple in 2015, received approval on February 2 this year from the U.S. Patent and Trademark office (USPTO).

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