Thursday, December 27, 2007

Touchscreen Shipments May Point Out 3G iPhone Release Date

Heading back to Rumorville, Taiwanese newspaper the Economic Daily News has cited unspecified sources in the display industry that believe component supplier Innolux will begin shipping touchscreens to Apple in the second quarter of 2008. If true, the components would arrive in time for Apple to begin building new iPhones for a mid-summer launch.To date, Apple has mainly relief on touchscreen panels from component supplier Wintek.Apple has yet to set a formal schedule for the 3G iPhone's debut other than sometime 2008, a timeframe which was first put forward by AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson. Some people and publications have speculated that the first word of a new iPhone could come at next month's Macworld Expo, similarly to the original product, but it is expected that no devices will ship until several months later.Innolux will officially start shipping LCDs for Nokia in the first quarter of the year, while yet more anonymous sources say that handset panels will go out to Samsung "soon."

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