The next Apple iPhone that is currently being manufactured by Asian electronics companies are using a new technology that will make the screen thinner according to sources with The Wall Street Journal. Apple’s products are competing against smartphones that are developed by Samsung, HTC, and Nokia, which have larger screens than the current iPhone devices that are on the market.
Sharp, Japan Display, and LG Display Co. are currently mass producing panels for the next iPhone, which will be using a technology known as in-cell. The technology will have touch sensors integrated into the LCD, which makes it unnecessary to have a separate touch-screen layer.
The new technology would help Apple simplify their supply chain and will help them cut costs. They would no longer have to buy touch panels and LCD panels from separate suppliers.
Working with new technologies from Sharp, Japan Display, and LG Display has been extremely valuable since Samsung has been using their own organic light-emitting displays as one of the unique features in their Galaxy phones. For example, The Samsung Galaxy S III has a 4.8-inch OLED screen and is thinner than the current iPhone.
A majority of the OLED screens used in mobile devices today are built by Samsung. OLED screens do not need backlighting and is usually thinner than conventional LCD panels. The new iPhone is expected to arrive sometime in the fall.
Since Apple is switching to this new technology, it will come at the cost of Taiwanese companies Wintek Corporation and TPK Holding Co. Those two companies built the touch-panel layer of the iPhone 4S screen, but they did not get orders for the next iPhone.