Apple's next iPhone may tap into new touch panel technology, allowing for a lighter device, according to an Asia-based report.
An improvement in production "yield rates" of "in-cell touch panels" has induced Apple to begin working with two Japanese companies, DigiTimes said, citing sources.
Those panels are being made by Japan-based Sharp and a division of Toshiba.
In-cell multitouch technology integrates touch into the thin-film transistor (TFT) LCD manufacturing process, obviating the need for additional sensors and glass. This reduces the weight of the device, among other benefits.