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The rumoured iPad Pro could be using a new touch panel, called ‘AgNW’, with a release coming next year.

According to ETNews, Apple has contacted a number of display manufacturers such as LG Display and Samsung Display in order to get samples of AgNW.

The company plans to replace the current ITO-based panels with the AgNW silver nano wire coating. There are several key benefits to the change. The first one being the fact that production costs will be reduced because Apple no longer requires indium. Secondly, AgNW has greater accuracy and allows for multiple pressure levels. This means we could see Force Touch on the iPad Pro like we have on the Apple Watch and the most recent MacBook Pro.

ETNews also highlighted that Apple is looking into applying sapphire glass with the AgNW panel. This will mean its thickness and weight will be significantly reduced.

Other rumours about the iPad Pro suggest that it’ll have a 12.9-inch screen, measure in at 7mm width and offer an A8X processor and 2GB of RAM.

The fact that Apple brought the Force Touch over to the Macbook line suggests that it is something the company strongly believes in so it may not be a surprise to see it on the iPad Pro too. We’ll have to wait and see.

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