Another day, another iPhone rumor.
The WSJ has sources telling them that the next iPhone will have a thinner screen thanks to some new tech that’s being developed in Japan.
Japanese liquid-crystal-display makers Sharp and Japan Display Inc.—a new company that combined three Japanese electronics makers’ display units—as well as South Korea’s LG Display Co. are currently mass producing panels for the next iPhone using so-called in-cell technology, the people said.
The trick here is that rather than add the touchscreen as a separate component, the screen manufacturers are reportedly embedding the touch sensors inside the LCD screen itself. This is more difficult to manufacture, but in the long run it’s going to simplify Apple’s supply chain and result in an iPhone that might be as much as a millimeter thinner than the current model.
To be honest, I’m not sure it really matters. The iPhone is quite svelte as it is; if it got any thinner you would be able to fold it up and carry it in your wallet.