From iPad Mini to the next iPhone, rumours around Apple’s next tech offering just refuse to stop. Now according to a Wall Street Journal report, the next iPhone will use a new technology that makes the smartphone’s screen thinner, which quoted people familiar with the matter.
The report says,
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 technology, which integrates touch sensors into the LCD, makes it unnecessary to have a separate touch-screen layer. The absence of the layer, usually about half a millimeter thick, not only makes the whole screen thinner, but the quality of displayed images would improve, said DisplaySearch analyst Hiroshi Hayase.
Thanks to in-cell technology Apple’s next iPhone would not only have a thinner screen but the sharper resolution will also be maintained. A thinner screen has led to speculations that Apple could also reduce the battery size thus ensuring an over-all thinner iPhone. MacRumours has more details on how the screen of the next iPhone would differ from the current one.
AppleInsider had reported that leaked photos from Chinese production units showed that Apple’s new phone has entered the production phase complete with design changes including the addition of glass to the unit’s “uni-body” backplate.
The AI report also says that unlike the iPhone 4 and 4S which boast a “glass sandwich” design with tough Gorilla Glass front and back coverings, the upcoming handset will reportedly have a backplate only “partially covered” by the tough material.
Other features on the wishlist for the next iPhone include: A higher camera resolution and swappable lenses have also been doing the rounds. As usual, Apple have not confirmed any rumours.