Apple to use majority of touchscreens

Tim Grey
21 March, 2011
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The great majority of the world’s touchscreen supplies will be consumed by Apple in the coming year, making the company the single biggest player in the touchscreen market.

Research firm DisplaySearch found that Apple is set to dominate the increasingly-popular category for the year ahead, with sales of tablet PCs – primarily the iPad – reaching 60 million units worldwide.

According to PC World, most of those touchscreens will use the capacitive touch technology found in iPhones, iPads and iPod touchs:

“Most tablet PC products will leverage multitouch projected capacitive technology, following Apple’s lead. At the same time, a small amount of tablet PCs are using resistive touch, since it is less expensive and enables handwriting recognition. There are also some tablet PCs that use digitizers for handwriting recognition and drawing,” Colegrove tells PC World.

But, despite the technology’s popularity, DisplaySearch predicts competitors will catch up with Apple over the next few years, controlling a full half of the market by 2016.

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