The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the next-generation iPhone will utilize “in-cell” technology to create a thinner screen, and that production is already underway. This technology works by incorporating touch sensors right into the LCD, which removes the need for a separate touch sensor layer, which in turn leads to a thinner display.
While this technology would also make the screen thinner, it would also improve image quality. Plus, this would cut some of Apple’s costs as it would require fewer supplier components to create the display.
This isn’t the first we’ve heard of Apple using this new in-cell technology. KGI Securities Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (who seems to be well informed, and correctly predicted that Apple would be introducing a new Retina MacBook Pro at this year’s WWDC) took a look at the technology this past April and noted that it could shave some thickness off of a future iPhone. Apple is always striving to make their products thinner, and if it cuts cost as well, it seems like a natural choice going forward.
Time will tell, but if the Wall Street Journal is reporting on it, and the ever-well-informed Kuo has made a claim on it, I wouldn’t wager against this technology making it’s way into future Apple products.