A new Asian report surfacing this morning reveals that Sharp Corp has developed a new display technology that brings up to 8 times higher sensitivity to a capacitive touch panel. The technology will be able to be used on 5" displays for smartphones and scale through to 60" for HDTVs. A few of the advantages associated with the new display include being able to drastically reduce the display's thickness, allow users to operate their smart devices in the winter using gloves, and more importantly, it'll be the first time in history that a user will be able to write on a display using an ordinary pen or pencil for taking notes. Whether Apple will use this display technology for their next generation iPhone 6 is unknown at this time.
The product isn't a prototype, it's real. Production of the new displays began yesterday, March 15, 2013. Sharp is a key iPad display supplier for Apple.
The 5-inch model for smartphones which may interest Apple has one chip that includes an analog front end, digital front end and CPU.