The iPhone 6 will be the thinnest phone Apple’s every created, but it may come at big price for suppliers.
In order to save up space on the iPhone 6, supply chain sources at China Times say Apple is only using one brightness enhancement film (BEF) for the backlit LCD display. Apple used two films in previous iPhones. Reducing it to just one will allow Jony Ive to make a super thin iPhone, but getting the supplies will be tough.
Yield issues could be an issue for Apple’s main supplier Mieba, who says delivering a backlight with one BEF is harder to produce. The main hurdle seems to be that when using a single BEF the remaining layer has to be better than quality, in order to get the job done by itself.
Apple is expect to announce the iPhone 6 this fall with a larger display, improved camera and slimmer design. A series of case leaks have given fans an early peak at what the device might look like, but according to a recent report, those have just been rough approximations of what the final design will look like.
To make sure its able to churn out enough thin iPhone 6’s, Apple is enlisting OMRON and Radiant to make up on the backlight orders Minebea can’t fill. Production is set to begin in July, with a launch expected in September.