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Apple screen supplier looks for a life beyond smartphones


Japan Display’s stock has dropped almost 80% this year to a record low on pessimism over demand for Apple’s new iPhone model. — Reuters

Japan Display’s stock has dropped almost 80% this year to a record low on pessimism over demand for Apple’s new iPhone model. — Reuters

Japan Display Inc, a struggling supplier of screens for Apple Inc’s iPhone, needs another cash cow amid sputtering smartphone demand. The company thinks it’s found the answer in sensors.

JDI has shifted about a third of its research staff to sensor development, more than 100 people, from just a handful a year ago, Chief technology officer Kazutaka Nagaoka said in an interview in Tokyo. The company is betting on demand from the health-care industry for pressure and proximity sensors, Nagaoka said. They could be used in a wrist-worn health tracker, or even be made into a sheet large enough to cover a single bed.

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