The iPhone 5 will reportedly feature a new “in-cell” display technology that will help slim down the thickness of the screen on the next generation iPhone. In-cell technology, The Wall Street Journal explained Tuesday, allows manufacturers to include a single touch-enabled LCD panel into smartphones and tablets instead of two separate panels for the LCD and the touch sensors. The new displays should be about a half a millimeter thinner than two layer screens, and DisplaySearch analyst Hiroshi Hayase told The Wall Street Journal that the new tech should also improve image quality, although we’re not quite sure how that will be the case.
The Wall Street Journal reiterated earlier reports suggesting that the new screens are being manufactured by Japan Display, Sharp and LG. So what’s the big deal about a thinner display? As The Journal notes, it could make room for a larger battery or could be employed to help slim down the entire device. We’d definitely love to see a larger battery included in the next iPhone and, since we’re expecting it to pack a 4G LTE radio, we wouldn’t be surprised if Apple actually does pack extra juice.
[via The Wall Street Journal]