Long before its launch, iPhone 5 features are making headlines. Wall Street Journal report says Apple smartphone will be significantly thinner compared to its existing variant
WSJ reaffirms Apple’s next iPhone will feature thinner in-cell touchscreen The Wall Street Journal has come out with the report that Apple would be using a new technology that would render the screen even thinner than what it is now on the iPhone 4S.
Currently standing slim at a thickness of 9.3 millimeters, the iPhone is one of the slimmest smartphones out in the market. According to analyst Hiroshi Hayase of DisplaySearch, the new technology being adopted by Apple for iPhone 5 integrates touch sensors into the LCD,
making a separate touch-screen layer redundant. This reduces about half-a-millimeter of thickness from the screen and also improves the image quality.
People close to the matter revealed that Japanese liquid-crystal-display makers Sharp Corp. and Japan Display Inc. and South Korea’s LG Display Co. are currently mass-producing the in-cell technology panels for the next iPhone. Japan Display happens to be a new firm that combines three Japanese electronics makers’ display units.
The besides turning the iPhone slimmer and providing better image quality, the new technology would also cut costs for Apple as it does not have to use separate touch panels and LCD panels from separate suppliers.
However, in-cell touch screens are harder to manufacture than conventional LCD screens and the manufacturers are finding the demand from Apple pretty challenging a job and are scrambling to achieve high yield rates.
It was rumoured that iPhone 5 would have a bigger screen than the iPhone 4S’s 3.5-inches and would also be lighter. With the absence of two panels as display, the new technology explains how this can be achieved now.
These kinds of technological development are now becoming very crucial for Apple ven as its competition with rival Samsung intensifies.
Samsung has been found to have eaten into Apple market shares through its wide variety of smartphone offerings and has also dethroned Nokia from a reign that lasted 14 years.
There is also the legal tussle over patents with rival Samsung that only seems to intensify with time.
Samsung has been pushing its organic light-emitting displays as one of the unique features of its flagship Galaxy phones. The 4.8-inch OLED screen of Samsung Galaxy S3 is thinner that of the iPhone 4S.
Most Android devices that use OLED screens are supplied by Samsung. The OLED screens happen to be thinner than the conventional LCD panels used in iPhones.
The lucrative market of high-end smartphones keeps Apple and Samsung constantly on edge to provide more-powerful and more capable devices.