Next iPhone to Have Thinner, Higher Quality Screen

The Wall Street Journal reports that the next generation iPhone will use "in-cell" technology to make the screen thinner. In fact, they claim that mass production of the screens has already started.

Japanese liquid-crystal-display makers Sharp Corp. and Japan Display Inc.—a new company that combined three Japanese electronics makers' display units—as well as South Korea's LG Display Co. are currently mass producing panels for the next iPhone using so-called in-cell technology, the people said.

The technology integrates touch sensors into the LCD thereby removing an separate component layer just for the touch-screen. Aside from reduced thickness, it would also improve the image quality. The Wall Street Journal also claims it will help reduce Apple's costs by eliminating separate suppliers for each component.

Reports of Apple's interest in "in-cell" technology is not new with the first reports back in April. KGI Securities Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo took a detailed look at the technology and suggested that the new iPhone could be at least 1.4mm slimmer than the iPhone 4S.

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While part of the thickness savings would come from the in-cell technology, Apple could also reduce the thickness of the battery and use a thinner metal back casing.

The next generation iPhone is widely expected to be launched this fall.

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Top Rated Comments

JoEw Avatar
155 months ago
I really hope the battery doesn't get smaller over making it "thinner". The iPhone is already thin, I just want improvement to battery life.
Score: 54 Votes (Like | Disagree)
unlinked Avatar
155 months ago
It's gone, get use to having to reply to comments instead of hiding behind it. Now, what prompted this comment ? What do you disagree with and while you post to say you disagree, why not tell us why ?

You know... use the discussion forum to actually discuss ?

I disagree with this comment.
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nickelt Avatar
155 months ago
There is no vote down button. We have always had no vote down button.

uuuhhhhhh???? :rolleyes: yeh we did.
Score: 36 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Reeebo Avatar
155 months ago
Metal for the back would be soo much better than glass.
Score: 34 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Stridder44 Avatar
155 months ago
There is no vote down button. We have always had no vote down button.
And ironically, comments like this are the very reason we need down-vote buttons again.
Score: 31 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Confuzzzed Avatar
155 months ago
Longer and thinner. Usually not a winning combination is some circles ;)
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)