New Display for ‘Apple Watch Series 3’ Said to Enter Production Later This Year

According to a new report from DigiTimes, Apple will switch from touch-on-lens technology to a glass-film alternative.

The report notes that Apple will likely be turning to either Biel Crystal or General Interface Solution to produce the panels. Biel has separately been rumored as one of the suppliers for the front and back glass on three upcoming iPhone models, including an OLED-equipped “iPhone 8.”

If Apple does take on Biel and GIS for a third-generation Watch, it will be dropping current touch panel supplier TPK, which has allegedly been unable to get good yield rates for touch-on-lens. On a technical level the difficulty was said to be the curved surface of the Watch, which complicated the manufacturing process.

Rumours for the Apple Watch Series 3 have been very limited so far. The next-generation wearable from Apple will presumably ship this fall if it follows in the release cycle of the Series 1 and Series 2 devices.