The iPad Pro is perhaps one of the most elusive gadgets expected to come out of Apple’s factory gates, especially since the tablet market outside the iOS ecosystem grew tremendously throughout the past couple of years or so.
Nevertheless, many Apple enthusiasts expect the iPad Pro to win over the market and wow prospective customers with new tech and a focus on productivity.
So far there have been tons of rumors regarding the device, but the most recent ones suggest that the slate will be coming next year flaunting a new type of nano material on the touch panel which will greatly facilitate touch sensitivity and reduce production costs.
iPad Pro To Be Launched Next Year With a New Touch Panel Material
Earlier today, sources of ETNews have revealed that Apple recently got in touch with LG Display, Japan Display, Samsung Display and other major display manufacturers in order to acquire AgNW touch-panel samples ready for mass production.
Reportedly, Apple intends to replace the ITO-based clear film with AgNW silver nano wire coating in order to increase touch sensitivity. Compared to previously used ITO films, the AgNW coating is more flexible and improves the touch-screen capabilities of a flexible screen. It has greater accuracy and sensitivity which allows for multiple pressure levels, even when drawing / writing with a fingertip. I don’t know about you but AgNW sounds a lot like something that would work great with Force Touch – another feature rumored to make the transition to the iPhone / iPad line-up in the future.
In addition to the benefits mentioned above, the use of AgNW technology should also lead to a decrease in production costs mainly because AgNW doesn’t require rare materials such as indium. However, production costs per iPad Pro might still be high given that Apple is also allegedly entertaining the idea of applying a sapphire glass panel together with the AgNW coating. Technically this would lead to a thinner profile and a lighter product.
Sources say that the AgNW technology will be first used on the iPad Pro “next year”, which once again pegs the tablet’s launch timeframe for 2016 instead of “late-2015”. But, as always, we need to keep in mind that rumors are subject to change, so we’ll continue to keep an eye out in hope that we will learn more on these matters soon.