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iPhone Panel Shipments To Drop 20 Per Cent This Quarter

Recent rumours have suggested that Apple might cut component orders for its iPhone 4S. DigiTimes expects touch panel for the latest iPhone to slip from 15 to 20 per cent this quarter.

TPK Holding and Wintek, the suppliers for this component, will be affected by Apple's decision and see revenues fall.

"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 companies shipped in the first half, the sources estimated," says DigiTimes.

The reason is that the iPhone 4S might be living out its final stage of its product lifespan. The report is consistent with previous rumours suggesting Apple might release the sixth generation iPhone in the third quarter of this year.

The next iPhone is expected to feature in-cell touch technology, which will make the devices thinner and lighter. This means that the current suppliers, TPK and Wintek, won't be able to keep up with the iPhone's evolution.

Neither of these manufacturers are equipped to deliver in-touch modules for the next iPhone. Without orders from Apple, the manufacturers will probably lose 10 per cent of their revenue.

Source: DigiTimes

Radu has been working as a freelance writer for more than five years and has been blogging around since 2004. He is interested in anything Apple as well as gaming and mobile applications.