iPhone 5 to employ “in-cell” technology resulting in thinner form factor

Fri, Apr 20, 2012

News, Rumors

Some interesting news on an otherwise slow Friday news day. The Taiwan based Central News Agency is reporting, citing research analyst David Hsieh, that the iPhone 5 will incporate “in-cell” technology which will result in a potentially much thinner device.

This story was echoed by a Digitimes report:

Apple’s new iPhone, which is expected to be released in the third quarter of 2012, is likely to adopt in-cell touch panels rolled out by Sharp and Toshiba Mobile Display (TMD), according to sources in Apple’s supply chain.

An improvement in yield rates of the in-cell touch panels at Sharp and TMD has persuaded Apple to choose to cooperate with Japan-based panel makers, the sources noted.

Sharp will produce the in-cell panels at its 5.5G lines, while TMD will utilize its 6G lines for production, indicated the sources, adding that the two makers will begin to ramp up in-cell panel production in the second quarter of 2012.

Earlier this week, a Korean report surfaced claiming that the iPhone 5 will employ “liquid metal” alloys, also in an effort to deliver a thinner form factor while increasing device durability. Also, remember that previous iPhone 5 reports have pointed to a device with a longer form factor and a larger 4-inch screen.



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