Company TPK Holding, which since the release of “smart” watches Apple Watch on the market has supplied touch panels for wearable devices Apple terminates contract with “Apple” giant. According to the publication DigiTimes, in Cupertino decided to change the display technology in the third generation of its smart watch.
Apple Watch first generation used produced by TPK Holding modules, created by technology G/G (glass-glass) where the touch panel is consisted of two layers of glass. In 2016, smart watches, Apple has started to be used in panels based on the technology TOL (touch on lens — sensor on the lens). This production proved too costly and complex, resulting in a TPK thinking about the refusal to supply touch panels for Apple Watch.
The main difficulty in the fabrication TOL-solution is in curved design displays of the Apple Watch. TPK Holding has decided to focus on the panels for OLED displays that support 3D Touch, designed for smartphones. Due to the change of business focus and lack of cooperation with Apple, the Taiwanese company expects to return to profit in 2017.
Apple itself saw the complexity in the production of TOL-panels, intends to abandon them in favor of sensor modules G/F (glass to film; glass film). Such products for California corporations will produce Biel Crystal Manufactory or General Interface Solution.
According to the edition, the serial production of panels of type G/F for Apple it is planned to start in the second half of 2017. Thus, the release of the Apple Watch Series 3, you should expect this fall.