Next iPhone 'will have thinner screen': WSJ

According to a Wall Street Journal report, the next version of the iPhone could feature a thinner and lighter screen that incorporates in-cell technology.

Current and past versions of the iPhones have all featured two-layer screens. Apple

The next-generation iPhone will feature a thinner display that incorporates in-cell technology, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

In-cell technology would mean the iPhone's touch sensors and LCD are combined into a single layer, doing away with the need to have a separate touch-screen layer.

As well as enabling thinner screens, in-cell panels are also thought to be cheaper to produce than the current two-layer set-up.

LCD screen makers Sharp, LG Display, and Japan Display are mass-producing the in-cell panels for the screen, according to the Journal. Apple's use of in-cell technology is seen as part of its efforts to take on Samsung's own push on OLED technology. OLED is found in Samsung's current flagship device, the Galaxy S III, which boasts a 4.8-inch screen and a design that shaves a few millimeters off the iPhone's thickness.

The thinner screen could come as part of a move by Apple to increase the screen size of the next iPhone; the Journal reported in May that the forthcoming device will sport a 4-inch display.

Previous generations of the iPhone, despite several design changes, have retained a 3.5-inch screen since the device's debut in 2007.

The next-generation iPhone is expected to launch in or around October, in time for the holiday-shopping season.

 

Join the discussion

Conversation powered by Livefyre

Don't Miss
Hot Products
Trending on CNET

HOT ON CNET

How well do you know your surge protector?

Whether you're looking to add more outlets, or want to add a layer of protection between your gear and the outside world, here's what you need to know.