iPhone 7 Is Reported To Feature Synaptics Display Driver Chips

Ali Salman
Posted 12 months ago

Apple’s next flagship remains strong in the rumor mill, followed by predictions from the infamous Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities. Yesterday’s anticipation regarding the iPhone 7 suggested that Apple’s next flagship will feature 3GB of RAM with A10 chips. However, according to the industry sources of DigiTimes, the Cupertino giant is reported to have placed the LCD display driver orders for the next generation iPhone.

The aforesaid LCD display drivers are to be launched in the third quarter of 2016 with Synaptics. Considering the current report, it seems Apple’s plans for its personal display panels with a joined-up driver have been set behind schedule or it may have ran itself into a barrier, as per the source.

Let’s dive in to see some additional details on Apple’s reported LCD display driver orders for the iPhone 7.

Apple To Use Synaptics Display Driver In the Next iPhone

In 2014, there were several rumors surfacing that the iPhone maker was buying a division of Renesas Electrinics, Renesas SP Drivers which is also the sole provider of iPhone LCD driver chips. However, the negotiations broke down and Renesas was further bought by Snaptics, a touch display chip manufacturer. Synaptics aim was to combine the two different technologies onto one single chip.

Both, Synaptics and Renesas were Apple’s suppliers, but it is yet not clear if the latter is still the only supplier of the display driver chips for the iPhone as it used to be before Synaptics acquired it. This is one aspect that remains to be seen in the coming days or months.


Renesas is the same company from where Apple hired several senior engineers who were delegated for the development of TDDI chips with integrated Touch ID. In the previous days, we have stumbled across news that Apple was planning to integrate Touch ID onto the display panel, ultimately eliminating the Home button from forthcoming iPhones.

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It was a pretty appealing news, but if the TDDI chips have hit a barrier against their expected schedule, the company might continue placing Home button on the iPhone 7. Since Apple adheres to major design changes after every two years, it is also possible that the company uses another ergonomically feasible location for the Home button like the Xperia Z5.

The company has set back a little on its desired display technology and possibly in the near future, more details will be revealed. This is it for now, folks. What do you think about the Synaptics display drivers for the iPhone 7? Let us know in the comments.



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