Next iPhone to Feature New, Thin Display Tech?

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With the release of the iPhone 4, Apple showed its users just what the exceptional pixel density of the Retina Display was capable of, starting a push across the whole smartphone ecosystem towards similar phones with very-high-resolution displays. At this point, its next iPhone is very much obscured by a host of rumors, but we’ve got one more to add to the pile that might attempt to identify a new display technology that Apple could similarly introduce to the masses with its next handset.

According to industry sources, Apple may be planning to switch manufacturers for the touch panel on the next iPhone, instead electing to use a technology that integrates touch sensors right into the LCD. This obviously makes screens more complicated to manufacture, and that may be why Apple has waited until now to look into the technology, which is just now getting to the point where its manufacturing process is reliable enough for Apple’s needs.

The big benefit from this construction, called an in-cell touch panel, is that it means less glass between you and the actual pixels, making the display thinner and lighter than would be possible with older technologies. Supposedly, Sharp and TMD would be producing these screens for Apple, with production really going into high gear over the next couple months.

Source: Digitimes

Via: Electronista

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!