updated 08:20 am EDT, Wed July 11, 2007
Touch iPod August Rumor
Apple has chosen Wintek to supply touchscreen panels for an upcoming video-capable iPod, say sources in the Taiwan supply chain. The local electronics maker, which produces small LCDs for cameras and other handhelds, is reportedly set to ship capacitive touchscreens without specific software controls or integrated circuits to accompany them, allowing Apple to integrate the panels with an iPod music player whose controls would resemble that of the iPhone.
Shipments of the screens has been scheduled for the second half of the year but has likely already begun, according to the claim. Apple is said to be asking for the panels in time for an August release, introducing a touch-driven iPod less than two months after the iPhone's late June appearance. No features of the iPod beyond its touch controls were revealed as part of the apparent leak.
Wintek has declined to comment on the story, but says it does so out of a desire to maintain customer privacy.