With an iPhone 5 announcement yet to be made and many analysts thinking we may not see the next-generation iPhone until this fall, some attention is being turned to the iPhone 6, as a Japanese newspaper is reporting that Apple has contracted Sharp to create screens for the sixth iPhone iteration.
Sharp is, according to an article (translated by Google Translate) in Nikkan, already preparing one of its LCD TV factories, Kameyama Plant No. 1, for the production of low-temperature, poly-silicon LCD screens for iPhones. This screen technology could also be used for future iterations of iPads and iPod Touches, making the devices much lighter and even thinner.
AppleInsider reports that "in a 'p-Si LCD,' the thin film transistor, or TFT, of the screen is made of polycristalline silicon. With this method, the display drivers can be mounted directly onto the glass substrate, shrinking the TFT section and allowing for a thinner LCD display."
With display technology at the top of many consumer lists when considering smartphones, Apple seems to be putting its chips in the LCD market.
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