WSJ: iPhone 5 Will Use Super-Thin Screen Tech

There are plenty of iPhone rumours floating around, hinting at everything from a bigger screen to NFC capability. Now, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that the next iPhone will feature new screen technology to keep it slim.

The current iPhone 4S screen is made up of three layers: the LCD, capacitive sensors and a sheet of glass. However, the WSJ reports that Apple is planning to use a new manufacturing process for the screen of the next iPhone. The article suggests that the new screen will integrate the touch sensors into the LCD, in turn reducing the overall thickness and weight. The report goes on to suggest that LCD makers Sharp and Japan Display are already mass-producing the panels.

If the rumour is accurate, it's a small but important tweak. If Apple does opt to launch a larger iPhone, a thinner screen like this would shave off a little weight — something that Apple may try and do across a range of components to make sure that the device doesn't get too heavy. Of course, there's no telling how accurate the report is until Apple announces the new device later in the year, and you can expect plenty more rumours to circulate before then. [WSJ via The Verge]


    Does anyone really care that a phone might be a millimeter thinner or 10 grammes lighter? I note that many people add covers to their phone so doesn't the thinness and lightness become moot?

      there's always people who care about something. This being a tech enthusiast site, I think there would be people who care.

      You obviously care enough to have made a comment, April?

        I believe it's also not a site for obsessive-compulsives.

      Jobs cared, thinner and lighter was always a goal, but then also the flow on is that you can use that extra space for a bigger battery and more battery life is something people care about.

    The corning 2 glass is thinner and lighter at the same strength i would bet they will use this, same thing thats on the gs3. It also helps with touch sensitivity because their is less distance from the display

    My argument is similar to the size debates. How small is too small? A mobile phone, like the one in Zoolander, is never going to be usable as it's way too small. What happens when your phone is so light as you can't feel it in your pocket and you're constantly paranoid you've lost it.

    I like (certain) tech that is reassuringly weighty. Like my Bose speakers for my PC. I know the sound is going to be good even before turning them on for the first time: When I pulled them out of the box I know they had decent magnets inside them without ever looking inside them.

    I also agree with April, for the size and weight on the device right now - is it really going to change my life if my phone is, for example, 10 grams lighter? Can I now cancel my gym membership?

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