Ever since the launch of the first-generation iPhone, Apple’s obsession over making a phone that’s thinner and lighter than its competition has always been clear. Ergonomics are a big deal for the Cupertino kids, and every subsequent launch of the iPhone has seen additional loss in weight and millimeters. Rumors have the iPhone 6 going through the same process, but manufacturing issues have already begun to surface.
Reports have it that for the iPhone 6 to be just 6 mm thin, Apple has recurred to using just one Brightness Enhancement Film (BEC) in its backlight. The iPhone has historically used two BECs since its inception, and apparently the current options available in the market aren’t bright enough to get the job of two done with one. According to the report:
“The reason why a single BEF could cause yield issues is because the remaining layer needs to be better enough to get the job done by itself. As for the alleged yield problems, these reports suggest that some of Minebea’s backlight orders will be taken over by OMRON and Radiant.”
Obviously Apple keeps tight control on exclusive new products, and it could be that Apple knows something that most Asian sources don’t. Whatever the case, we’ve seen Apple reach these levels of innovation with products like the iPad mini, so let’s see where this leads with the iPhone 6.