The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the next iPhone, expected to be revealed this fall, will use an in-cell technology that will make the screen thinner. They are reporting these screens are already in production:
Japanese liquid-crystal-display makers Sharp Corp. and Japan Display Inc.â"a new company that combined three Japanese electronics makers’ display unitsâ"as well as South Korea’s LG Display Co. are currently mass producing panels for the next iPhone using so-called in-cell technology, the people said.
The new in-cell technology integrates touch sensors into the LCD removing the need for a separate component layer for touch capabilities. Besides reducing thickness, this technology supposedly also improves image quality. The Wall Street Journal also claims it will help reduce Apple’s costs by eliminating separate suppliers for each component.