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iPhone driving touchscreen sales?

updated 09:00 am EDT, Thu May 24, 2007

iPhone Drives Touchscreens

The as yet unreleased iPhone will be instrumental to the touchscreen market in 2007, according to the Taiwan-based Topology Research Institute. The study claims that Apple's device will help make the touch-sensitive panels an increasingly popular choice with other cellphone makers, many of whom still rely on physically driven controls. The California company's influence should help boost the total business to as much as $2.7 billion, TRI says, though the institution didn't indicate what percentage of the business would be controlled by the 3.5-inch widescreen central to the iPhone.

Touchscreens have been a staple of some smartphones, including Palm handsets such as the Treo 755p, but has only recently been finding its way into more universal devices such as the variety of mid-range phones that offer Chinese handwriting recognition or LG's recently launched Prada phone. Touchscreens have until recently been more commonly associated with GPS mapping units and specialized computer displays.

by MacNN Staff





  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    touchscreen tech co's?

    so, which companies are involved in the manufacture of touchscreen technology? Sounds like a possible investment opportunity...

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I still would like to have it come with (or at least work with) a stylus or other pointing device. I got stubby fingers. And I don't need to be getting cheetoh dust on my screens!

  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969


    You know,

    nothing says you HAVE to use your fingers. There's always the random pencil (eraser side please) or any such apendage you have available. No need to worry about the cheetoh dust.

  1. Robb

    Joined: Dec 1969


    USB redux...

    It would be reminiscent of the rapid proliferation of USB devices that came out following the iMac in the late '90s.

  1. OtisWild

    Joined: Dec 1969




  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Doubt it... I think it'll be a week earlier. A MacBook Pro order placed on the 15th still hasn't shipped, if they make us wait until June 11th that'll be no good. Gotta be next week, you can't just not ship laptops for a month! posted by jbruner

    Yea, and who thought they'd pull the iMac for how long before the new form factor was introduced?

  1. chucker

    Joined: Dec 1969



    hey tough luck testudo, this is just evolution working,

    stubby fingers, no iphone: no iphone, no girlfriend: no girlfriend, no little testudoicles running at your feet,

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