By Jim Karpen on Thu, 01/03/2013
It seems like the iPhone 5 was just launched, and already people are buzzing about the next one. Now there's a rumor that Apple is considering using a new display technology in the next iPhone. This would entail abandoning the sharper, thinner in-cell technology that appeared in the iPhone 5. According to AppleInsider, there are rumors that Apple is evaluating the new Touch On Display technology. Citing the China Times as its source, AppleInsider says that this new type of display would resolve an issue that cropped up with the iPhone 5's in-cell display. As AppleInsider's video demo shows, rapidly swiping back and forth diagonally results in the iPhone 5 ignoring the touch input due to electrical interference that results from both the display and touch sensors being in the same panel. The new technology being considered would also be thin, sharp, and durable, while at the same time being more sensitive to touch.
There continue to be rumors that we'll see a new iPhone sooner than the September/October date of the two previous launches of new models. Business Insider is suggesting that the rumors that Apple has reduced its iPhone 5 orders for the beginning of 2013 isn't due to weak demand (a rumor which contributed to the stock's plunge), but rather yet another indication that Apple is preparing to launch a new model sooner than expected. Again, they're suggesting a May/June time frame, which would necessitate Apple cutting back on production of the current model. (Perhaps Apple is also anticipating reduced demand now that we're in the new year, as rumor mongers like myself start passing along tidbits about The Next Model.)
In any case, Apple always forges ahead, exploring cutting-edge technologies regardless of the technical difficulties and costs. User experience is paramount. And despite the minor issue with the display, the iPhone 5 has been very well received. According to AppleInsider, a Wall Street analyst expects Apple to report sales of 50 million iPhones for the December quarter. Apple will be reporting its quarterly results on January 23, an event that will be streamed live. The same analyst estimates that Apple sold 24 million iPads, with 10 million of those being the iPad mini. Both figures are large increases over the same quarter the previous year. Some are predicting that Apple's holiday quarter will be the most profitable for any company in history.