Apple Watch Series 3 May Ship Later This Year, Use Glass-Film Touch Display

A third-generation Apple Watch is expected to adopt a different display technology based on glass-film panels versus touch-on-lens panels utilized on Apple Watch Series 2 and glass-on-glass (two pieces of glass) ones on the original Apple Watch. Shipments of the tentatively named Apple Watch Series 3 are expected to start in the second half of 2017, as per sources cited in a Tuesday report from DigiTimes.

Specifically, the report indicates that Apple will switch to a glass-film touch display, moving away from the touch-on-lens display panels the company currently uses:
“In order to return to profitability, TPK will focus on 3D sensor-based touch panels for smartphones with OLED displays in 2017 and give up production of touch panels for Apple Watch, the sources noted.

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 produce the G/F touch panels, with shipments to begin in the second half of 2017, the sources indicated.”
As far as other rumors are concerned, the third-generation Apple Watch is expected to put a bigger focus on battery life, and could very well include cellular connectivity as well.

Are you looking forward to seeing what the Apple Watch Series 3 brings to the table later this year?

 


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