As more and more rumors emerge on the web about iPhone 5, we learn today what new technologies could Apple use in the future. One of them is about the touch in-cell panels, which will help the new smartphone coming from the Cupertino technology giant to be 0.4 mm thinner than before.
Ming-Chi Kuo, analyst at KGI Securities comes with the information that displays on future iPhone will include the touch sensor directly in the glass layer and not above it and below the protective layer. The actual thickness of iPhone is 9.3 mm and Kuo believes that Apple forces the barrier of 8 mm (not 9mm) to launch a terminal really slim and remain a true rival to Android ultra-slim models already on the market. The same expert also calculated that a new generation of battery (thinner) and the switch to a back metal instead of glass would lead to a reduction in thickness of 0.96 mm.
Therefore, the result would be a smartphone that measures only 7.90 mm in thickness, close to HTC One S and HTC One X, but far from the Motorola Droid RAZR with a thickness of only 7.1 mm. It seems that Apple would welcome the idea of the touch sensor in the TFT LCD panel as it is easy to produce for its partners and increases the efficiency of suppliers and manufacturers. The current process of bonding the sensor on top of the display panel leads to a significant loss of units failure, but now, with an increased efficiency and a shorter process, the new technology will only benefit the manufacturing of the new iPhone.