The iPhone 5 uses a new type of screen that makes the device thin and light. However, the in-cell screen may also have enough problems that Apple is considering dropping it.
The major issue with the in-cell screen on the latest iPhone is that production difficulties with this critical component appear to be restricting the speed at which Apple can produce the whole handset.
In addition, there have been reports of a hardware issue that can case the screen to briefly freeze under certain conditions.
An unconfirmed report from The China Times says that Apple is in talks with Chimei Innolux about using its “touch-on display” technology in the iPhone 5S. Like in-cell, this is thin and light, but hopefully lacking the problems of in-cell screens.
There’s no definitive word on when Apple’s plans to introduce its next smartphone. An unconfirmed report indicated it could be as early as this summer.