The hotly anticipated iPhone 5 will have some awesome new screen technology that could translate to a significant reduction in the thickness of the entire device. That’s according to the WSJ who are claiming that the new iPhone will sport a much thinner display, due to major advancements in screen technology. Apparently, LG, Sharp and Japan Display have developed a new method of integrating the touch screen sensors into the LCD display, rather than having two separate layers. This means that one of the layers is effectively removed and can shrink the thickness of the display by at least half a millimeter.
The new display technology also has the distinct advantage of being easier to produce, as there is no need to source the touch sensitive components and the LCD panels from two entirely different suppliers. The new screen is supplied as one component from one supplier. The report also claims that the image quality displayed on the screen is also improved due to the removal of the separate touch sensitive layer.
Combine this rumor with some other rumors that have suggested that improvements in battery technologies could reduce the thickness of the battery, and we may see an iPhone 5 that is significantly thinner and lighter than the existing models.