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Sharp Developing Thinner p-Si LCDs for Sixth-Generation iPhone?


According to a report [Google translation] from Japanese newspaper Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun (via AppleInsider), Sharp has been tabbed as a manufacturer for next-generation poly-silicon (p-Si) display technology for the sixth-generation iPhone due in 2012. The technology, which permits electrical components to be integrated directly into the glass surface, is said to allow for thinner and lighter screens that consume less power than currently-used technologies.

Sharp will begin manufacturing of the displays in the spring of next year according to Japanese newspaper Nikkan. The company is said to have already begun preparing equipment at its Kameyama Plant No. 1, which is primarily used for building LCD TVs.

The article also contains an apology for last week's report claiming that Sharp had been cut out of the supply chain for future iPhones by a deal between Apple and Toshiba to push forward on a new plant for displays, a claim that Sharp had publicly refuted and for which the company had requested an apology and retraction. Consequently, today's report has led to speculation that Sharp may have intentionally leaked information about the new p-Si displays in order to counteract the earlier report about Toshiba.

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47 months ago
Any news on iPhone 7?
Rating: 13 Votes
47 months ago
Aaaand that's how Apple starts drifting away from Samsung.
Rating: 8 Votes
47 months ago
Sharp always make fantastic mobile screens, years ago when they sold high end phones as exclusives through vodafone their displays were literally years ahead of the competition.
Rating: 4 Votes
47 months ago

Aaaand that's how Apple starts drifting away from Samsung.


+1

I honestly love sharp. Their TVs are beautiful and well developed, and I'm a fan of their old PDA-esque devices too :)

This is a bold move! I hope it's true!
Rating: 4 Votes
47 months ago
Maybe the iPhone 6 will be as thin as a sheet of paper.
Rating: 4 Votes
47 months ago

Any news on iPhone 7?



lol Well played. While I think this is interesting, it is funny how we seem to be getting more news about iPhone 6 than iPhone 5. (or "4s"??? :D)
Rating: 3 Votes
47 months ago

iPhone 6 will be a major change.

iPad 3 will have retina.

Macbook Pro's get a facelift.

2012 should be an exciting year.


[Sarcasm] On top of all that, the world's going to explode! Indeed 2012 will be quite the year! [/Sarcasm]
Rating: 3 Votes
47 months ago

Maybe time to get a new iPhone for me? My 3G is showing its age.


No way man, the 3g is where the future is at! ;)

(I'd wait for the 4s to upgrade)
Rating: 2 Votes
47 months ago
Toshiba also seems to make these displays: http://www.tmdisplay.com/tm_dsp/en/technology/p-si.html

The article also describes a technology used for "edge-to-edge" displays, as rumored for iPhone5:
"The integration of drive circuits directly onto the glass surface also contributes to reducing the number of component parts designed on the outside substrate, as in conventional displays. This integration helps to make the peripheral edges of the display screen even smaller"
Rating: 2 Votes
47 months ago
What would be really cool is if they utilize the p-si for charging capabilities like they do in photovoltaics.
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