iPhone 5 to be thinner and lighter?

More rumours, this time of in-cell technology being used for a thinner display
Darren Allan

July 18, 2012
iPhone 4S

The merry Apple rumour-go-round – yes, the rumour-go-round – continues to spin like crazy, and following hot on the heels of the latest iPad Mini speculation, we’re switching focus back to the iPhone.

Which at least is a product that definitely exists, unlike the 7.85 inch Mini, which won’t necessarily be anything but a prototype.

Anyway, the latest iPhone gossip is that the next Apple smartphone will employ a thinner screen, which should make the handset itself more svelte, not to mention lighter.

This particular story comes from the Wall Street Journal, and is sourced from the usual “people familiar with the matter”.

Apparently those in the know are saying that Asian component manufacturers, including Sharp and LG, are currently mass producing thinner LCD panels for the device, utilising in-cell technology.

This integrates the touch sensors with the actual screen itself, so a separate touchscreen layer isn’t required. Hence the screen is slimmer, and the phone is slightly slimmer.

Well, either that or Apple might decide to keep the iPhone the same thickness, and use the extra space to squeeze a bigger battery in, for added longevity.

The other long-standing iPhone 5 rumour is that the display will be upped from 3.5 to 4 inches in size, so we can potentially expect a taller, but slimmer, handset.

The slim nature will also help to counteract any extra weight that making the display larger will add, so it makes sense that Apple will go with a svelte frame, rather than using the opportunity to cram a better battery (or some other tech wizardry) in.

As ever, though, only time will tell.

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