iPhone touch-panel shipments decline as iPhone 5 looms, say sources

“TPK Holding and Wintek are expected to see their shipments of touch panels for iPhones decline 15-20% sequentially in the second quarter in the second quarter, as iPhone 4S is moving into the final stage of its product life cycle, and Apple is likely to adopt in-cell touch solutions for its next-generation model, according to industry sources,” Siu Han and Steve Shen report for DigiTimes.

“Combined shipments of touch panels from TPK and Wintek to Apple in the second half of 2012 will equal one-third of shipments the two companied shipped in the first half, the sources estimated,” Han and Shen report.

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  1. Fix the headline, please! Shipments have not declined – the article states that shipments are expected to decline if apple starts creating a new phone with a new type of display.

    Your headline implies that this process has started and is the indicator of a new phone. It has not and is not.

  2. I’m pretty iPhone 4S will be offered by Apple at least a year or two after the new iPhone is released. So it is not at the end of its life cycle.

  3. What a bunch of BS. The iPhone 4S will continue to be produced in large numbers as Apple’s lower priced model once the iPhone 5 comes out.

    The reason for 15%-20% decline in production (IF its true) is only because Apple had so much pent-up demand from the iPhone 4S being delayed, plus the holiday shopping season, that people went nuts buying it.

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