Apple iPhone 5 Touchscreen Issue Troubles Wintek

September 23, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The most awaited phone of the year seems to be having troubles with its touchscreen. Apple’s shipment of the fifth-generation iPhone might be delayed due to the hassles Wintek is experiencing with the screens.

Wintek is the Cupertino-based company’s manufacturing partner who makes a significant portion of the company’s touch panels. The problem, it seems, is related to “delayed bubbles”, and while this is not something to be alarmed about (given that the process is similar to iPhone4’s manufacturing), the defect is mostly found out during the final assembly, by which time it’s too late to correct.

Wintek is expected to be on track with the corrections as they are an experienced lot. They make around 25 percent of the touchscreen panels for the new model, while TPK has a 65 percent share and the rest is rounded up by Chimei Innolux.

The iPhone 5 shipment is expected to reach 26 million units where a few million is thought to enter towards the end of summer. The bulk shipment is expected to overcome any demand shortages, but if any issues creep in, then that could result in a fall of supply regionally or a decrease in the units.

We have seen a swirl of iPhone 5 rumors these past weeks and have reportedly heard about the Apple product sporting a larger screen. When set apart from the LCD that Wintek, TPK, and others wouldn’t create, the Cupertino company sticks to its trademark of 3.5-inch, capacitive multi-touch display.

The touchscreen issue, in a broader spectrum, doesn’t seem to be much of an obstacle so chances of the launch getting delayed due to that are slim.

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