Over the last few days, much of the attention on Apple Inc. has been about their rumored iPad Mini which will address the growing competition brought forward by the likes of the Nexus 7 tablet and the Kindle Fire. Today however, we have some news about their next generation iPhone which will most likely be released as the iPhone 5.
Based upon the latest rumors, it’s believed that the new iPhone will feature a thinner display screen and this will be possible due to the introduction of in-cell technology. With in-cell technology, Apple will no longer need a second layer that is dedicated to the touch screen, but rather, the LCD display and the touch sensors will be combined into just one layer, thereby allowing Apple to create a device with a thinner form factor.
Putting aside the thinness of the device, there is another advantage for Apple to migrate to this technology and that is cost as the single layer display is cheaper to manufacture then its dual layer counterpart. According to the Wall Street Journal, Japan Display, LG Display and Sharp will all be involved in the production of the new display screens. If these rumors do pan out and Apple does manage to create thinner displays, it will go a long way to combat Samsung’s Galaxy S III which has a 4.8-inch screen, slightly thinner then the current model iPhone.