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Apple and Sapphire

Sapphire and Apple’s plans to use it on upcoming iPhones have been hot topics recently. To date, Apple has only used sapphire for the rear camera lens and touch ID (for fingerprint chip), which have diameters less than 10mm. Speculation surrounds whether Apple would adopt sapphire for the cover glass of future iPhones, which would represent a significant increase in volume. Continue Reading

Apple Integrates FTIR Pressure Sensing with Projected Capacitive Touch

A recent patent application indicates that Apple is working on integrating projected capacitive and FTIR (frustrated total internal reflection) to offer pressure sensing and a new user experience. Per the patent, FTIR is used to detect finger pressure, and projected capacitive determines the touch position. Continue Reading

Flexible AMOLEDs: At the Tipping Point?

“At the tipping point” was the theme of the Flexible & Printed Electronics Conference held this week in Phoenix Arizona. The releases of the Samsung Galaxy Round and LG G Flex flexible AMOLED based smartphones in late 2013 were widely cited throughout the conference as evidence that flexible display technology has finally reached critical mass. Continue Reading

China Increasing LCD Glass Import Duty in 2014

China’s Ministry of Finance has announced that import duties for Gen 6 and smaller LCD glass substrates will increase from 4% to 6% in 2014, while duties for Gen 7 and larger will remain at 4%. As far as we know, import duties on aluminosilicate cover glass will also remain unchanged, at 3%. Continue Reading