With iPhone 5 rumors heating up, as its supposed September announcement nears, a new report claims that LG Display has started mass production of a new thinner display that is widely expected to be featured in Apple’s next-generation smartphone.
According to LG Display CEO Han Sangbeom, the company has just begun production and doesn’t foresee any disruption in supplies. A panel supplier for Apple products, LG’s production schedule remains in line with the highly-speculated Sept. 21 iPhone 5 launch date, a good sign that consumers can expect Apple to unveil the device a week earlier on Sept. 12, as previously reported.
The next-generation iPhone has been buzzed about for quite some time, with the handset rumored to sport a slimmer design, which includes a smaller Dock Connector, as well as a larger screen and 4G LTE. The most recent reports have pegged the smartphone with a 4-inch corner-to-corner screen, which would have about 30% more area than the current 3.5-inch display on the iPhone 4S.
Additionally, the screens will use in-cell panels, which embed touch sensors into the LCD instead of using a display comprising of a number of separate layers, as on the current iPhone screen. Compared to an “on cell” display, which layers the back light, LCD section, glass and capacitive touch technology on top of each other like a sandwich, an in-cell screen eliminates that middle layer of glass, combining the LCD and touch sections of the display into a single layer. The advantage? A smaller, slimmer smartphone.
While in-cell technology streamlines the manufacturing process, reducing cost overtime, it is still an emerging technology and isn’t currently deployed in any shipping cellphones. Though the technology promises long-term benefits for consumers and manufacturers alike, Apple may face initial problems producing high yield rates as the first company to sell a smartphone featuring such technology.
As always, Apple has remained mum on whispers of an upcoming redesigned iPhone. Yet, with less than a month until Sept.12, it looks like iPhone fans won’t have to wait much longer to see if the rumors were true.