1 Updates
ITO May Be Depleted by 2020
Photo Credit: ijailbreak

iPhone Future at Stake? Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) May Be to Blame

Jul 14 2013, 1:33pm CDT | by

Touch screen coating may be depleted worldwide by 2020

 Have you ever touched your iPhone and iPad screen and thought about the innovation you experience daily? Most Apple customers do not. We are so programmed to accept that touch screens are an...

Filed under: news

Full Story below YouTube Videos

 
 

 

40 weeks ago

iPhone Future at Stake? Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) May Be to Blame

Jul 14 2013, 1:33pm CDT | by

Touch screen coating may be depleted worldwide by 2020

 

Have you ever touched your iPhone and iPad screen and thought about the innovation you experience daily? Most Apple customers do not. We are so programmed to accept that touch screens are an indelible part of our human existence that we often forget how innovative the touch screen was when Apple produced the iPhone in 2007 and the iPad in 2009. 

 

Prior to Apple, even, there were groups such as Knight Ridder in the 1990s that contemplated the digital page on which we would read newspapers and magazines such as Time. Apple’s touch screen products were innovative indeed, but the seeds of those ideas started approximately 20 years before Apple became famous for them. 

 

Yes, the touch screen is an amazing achievement of our time, when reality and fantasy merge in real time. How does Apple achieve this when producing its iPhones and iPads? 

 

Apple is able to accomplish the touch screen experience by using a substance known as ITO, or indium tin oxide, a coating that covers the iDevice display so that, when you touch it, the device responds to your contact and performs actions based on the area of the screen that you touch. Indium tin oxide has made the magical experience of the iPad, for example, one where children can learn and families can bond. 

 

The magical ingredient, however, is soon to become extinct. That’s the official word from the federal government regarding the current state of ITO. 

 

Studies of the touch-sensitive coating from 2010 to 2011 reveal that the price of ITO has gone up 25 percent within the last three years, but ITO supplies have dwindled due to manufacturer demand for the coating to produce touch screen laptops, tablets, and smartphones. 

 

Keep in mind that Apple’s iPod Touch line has become one of the most unique product lines in history, considering that most manufacturers have abandoned the MP3 movement. Apple took that which was old and made it new again.

 

The state of ITO has prompted industry leaders to look for a viable alternative. Having gathered at the San Francisco Semicon West conference earlier this year, leaders reported on sources that could serve as powerful alternatives to ITO. Among these new alternatives are graphene and Silver Nano wires. Samsung is experimenting with the use of graphene in its displays, and Foxconn intends to use silver carbon nanotubes in its non-Apple devices as early as next year. 

 

With that said, I don’t think the touch screen industry is coming to an end, nor do I think that the iPhone’s future is at stake. The iPhone is a billion-dollar industry for Apple, and the iPhone is one of Apple’s best-selling iProducts. 

 

As a result, you need not worry that there will be no iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, or iPhone 7 to look forward to. At the same time, this report does teach us that the natural resources that we encounter in technology every day are precious and are not unlimited (to the surprise of some). We here at Apple Balla will keep you updated on breaking trends in this story.

 

 

Don't miss ...

 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/22" rel="author">Deidre Richardson</a>
Deidre Richardson is a long-time Apple fan and reports passionate about the latest Apple news and rumors.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Apple's iPhone Generated Great Results And A Solid Outlook
There weren’t many holes in Apple’s March quarter results. Revenue of $45.6 billion increased 5% year over year and was nicely above the high end of the $42 to $44 billion guidance range. Gross margin was even better at...
 
 
Apple Earnings: Has The iPhone Maker Got Its Mojo Back?
Apple’s quarter came in well ahead of expectations on strong overall revenues and iPhone sales. With the company forecasting modestly higher earnings in the coming quarter and expectations that the iPhone 6 could be a...
 
 
The Completely Arbitrary Nature Of Apple's Stock Split
We had the news overnight that Apple is going to have a seven for one stock split. This is generally held to be a good idea and Tim Cook has noted that he would like the stock price to be more accessible, this leading...
 
 
Samsung Has Purchased New Patents Just For Court
Samsung Has Purchased New Patents Just For Court
According to Apple, Samsung purchased patents just so they could sue Apple
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

PayMeOn Announces Acquisition and Expansion of Its Business Model
Fort Lauderdale, FL, April 24, 2014 --(PR.com)-- PayMeOn, Inc. (ticker symbol: PAYM) today announced that it had entered into a letter of intent for the acquisition of REI Marketing, LLC, a business dedicated to...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Apple's iPhone Generated Great Results And A Solid Outlook
There weren’t many holes in Apple’s March quarter results. Revenue of $45.6 billion increased 5% year over year and was nicely above the high end of the $42 to $44 billion guidance range. Gross margin was even better at...
Read more on Apple Balla
 
PBS - Professional Business Systems Has Rebranded
Omro, WI, April 24, 2014 --(PR.com)-- PBS, Wisconsin&#8217;s premiere print, promo and marketing provider has rebranded their company. The rebranding follows a period of expansion for the business and will see the...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Springboard Biodiesel’s Announces Grand Opening of New Closed Local Loop Production Facility
Chico, CA, April 24, 2014 --(PR.com)-- Springboard Biodiesel announced that it will officially enter a new phase of biodiesel production with the grand opening of its model processing facility in Chico, California on...
Read more on Business Balla
 
3 Signs Foreclosures Are Still Festering in California
California foreclosure activity in the fourth quarter of 2013 dropped to the lowest level since the third quarter of 2006. Foreclosure activity has been steadily declining in the state on an annual basis since the first...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Hedge Fund Billionaire Tom Steyer Comes Under Republican Attack
When liberal billionaire Tom Steyer ran his hedge fund firm, he worked so hard to stay under the radar that his Farallon Capital Management was known as a secretive operation in the investment community. He avoided...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Three Reasons To Buy Facebook Stock
While I am personally committed to never using Facebook, I have changed my mind about its stock — even though I don’t own it. The big reason is that Facebook has demonstrated that it can set goals and achieve them. In...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Microsoft's Satya Nadella's "Mobile First, Cloud First" Strategy In Focus With Pending Earnings
Microsoft is set to announce its Q3 FY 2014 earnings on Thursday, April 24. During the quarter, the company named Satya Nadella, former head of the cloud and enterprise division, as its new CEO. Over the course of last...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Netflix Continues To Benefit From Content Superiority
Netflix‘s stock jumped by 7% in after-hours trading following its Q1 2014 earnings announcement. The growth in the number of subscribers in both the U.S. and international markets was impressive. This was primarily...
Read more on Business Balla
 
AT&T Posts Strong Q1 On Adoption Of Mobile Share And Next Plans
AT&T announced a strong set of Q1 2014 results Tuesday, as the carrier successfully fended off competition from rivals such as T-Mobile to post its best first-quarter subscriber growth in five years. The second...
Read more on Business Balla
 
 
Auto Balla Sexy Balla Sport Balla TV Balla Politics Balla Movie Balla Apple Balla Business Balla Ad Balla Celebrity Balla