WSJ: New iPhone Will Feature Thinner Display With In-Cell Touch Technology

WSJ: New iPhone Will Feature Thinner Display With In-Cell Touch Technology

The new iPhone could be at least 1.4mm thinner thanks to its new display.

In an effort to make its sixth-generation iPhone slimmer than previous models, Apple will reportedly introduce a new display that features clever  “in-cell” touch technology that allows it to become significantly thinner than existing iPhone displays by negating the need for a dedicated digitizer. According to sources for The Wall Street Journal, mass production of these displays has already begun.

Apple Inc.’s next iPhone, currently being manufactured by Asian component makers, will use a new technology that makes the smartphone’s screen thinner, people familiar with the matter said, as the U.S. technology giant strives to improve technological features amid intensifying competition from Samsung Electronics Co. and other rivals.

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.

In-cell technology integrates touch sensors into the LCD itself, allowing Apple to do away with a separate digitizer and make the display significantly thinner. In addition to cutting down on thickness, the technology will also improve the display’s image quality, and help Apple cut down on costs as it eliminates the extra component and its suppliers.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard the new iPhone will employ a new display with in-cell technology. Back in April, KGI Securities Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Apple could shave at least 1.4mm off the next iPhone by using this technology; while earlier this month, one Chinese blog claimed to have obtained one of the displays.

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  • Kenton Presbrey

    Finally. Everytime I pick up my iPhone I’m like Damnit!! If only this was 1.4mm thinner!! Its about time Apple.

  • Alfred2612

    I don’t think the point of this new screen tech is simply to make the phone thinner. It’s to reduce the gap between the screen and the outside of the phone.

    If the gap was small enough, it would look like the picture is painted onto the phone’s surface, rather than how it looks now: an image on a screen trapped behind a glass window.

  • ddevito

    Who cares? – everyone wants a bigger iPhone so a thinner one won’t get you much.

    The iSheep have Android envy

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