Rumours that Apple’s next iPhone will feature a super-thin in-cell panel have been corroborated by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ).
Citing ‘people familiar with matters’ at the gadget-maker, the WSJ reports that the three layers of the iPhone’s current ‘on-cell’ display - the Liquid Crystal Display (LCD), touch sensors and Gorilla Glass – have been reduced to two layers by merging the touch sensor with the LCD, creating a thinner ‘in-cell’ variety could enable the iPhone 5 to be even slimmer than its predecessors.
An up-and-coming display outfit named Japan Display Inc. has developed the combined layer, while electronics giants Sharp and LG have been enlisted for manufacture detail and are currently ‘mass-producing’ the panel for an imminent release.
IHS analyst Rhoda Alexander said: “The advantage of in-cell is that you're streamlining the manufacturing process, so in time you should be able to drive efficiencies and reduce cost.
"Additionally, by reducing the number of layers, you reduce the size and thickness of the device, making it thinner and lighter."
Meanwhile, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has claimed that in-cell panels could shave 0.44mm off iPhone 5, allowing it to be up to 7.9mm thin.
Apple is said to have already entered into production of the handset. Although it has recently been tipped to launch on August 7th, it’s more likely that it’ll land sometime in September.
Source: Wall Street Journal via Gizmodo