According to the latest reports coming from supply chain sources cited by the Chinese media, Apple’s upcoming ‘iPhone 6’ will use a so called “Touch-On Display”, which is based on “on-cell” technology instead of “in-cell” (via G4Games). The company has been using in-cell touch panels since the iPhone 5 but switching to on-cell for iPhone 6, Apple will be able to to create higher quality displays, with faster screen response, better color reproduction and so on.
The main difference between on-cell and in-cell is the fact that the former technology allows manufacturers to move the touch layer into the outer glass, such as the protective Gorilla Glass or a sapphire crystal layer. Also, the in-cell technology has its flaws, with a number of users reporting that the panel is sometimes unresponsive, mainly when rapidly swiping back-and-forth diagonally.
“Today we’ve learned more about a supposed partnership between Apple and Innolux, as reports have it that Apple might be switching to a new type of display. According to these reports, Apple has turned down Samsung and Sharp, and has struck a deal with Innolux in order to manufacture the iPhone 6?s screen. Allegedly, the reason why Apple chose Innolux over Samsung is because of the rivalry between the two. As for Sharp, the company has apparently failed to deliver sample displays that would meet Apple’s standards.”
So far, no official word from Apple regarding a display partnership with Innolux has been made public.