2020 is set to be a big year for iPhones, as it will be the time when 5G is finally supported. However, along with the big improvements in speed come other alterations to Apple’s popular smartphone lineup, and now it looks like their upcoming iPhones will feature even thinner displays that save on power consumption.
This information comes from Korean website, The Elec, who posted the following:
“LG Display is aiming to upgrade its production facilities for flexible, Gen-6 OLED panels for smaller displays at its E6 lines in Paju of Gyeonggi Province. For this, the firm will be adding new equipment by early 2020 to produce touch-integrated panels, while switching to the LTPO backplane technology.
As the E6 lines are known to be Apple-exclusive, the touch-integrated screens are to be supplied to the new iPhones to be launched next year, according to industry sources on Dec. 17.“
This isn’t the first we’ve heard about thinner displays for the supposed iPhone 12 Pro models, as rumors of a new technology that allows touchscreen circuitry to be patterned directly on the OLED panel have been spinning for a while. This means that an additional layer is no longer needed for touchscreen functionality, which would result in the thinner display size along with a lower production cost. Considering iPhone prices have been climbing higher and higher, anything that can cut down costs is a very good thing.
One thing worth mentioning is that this is only expected for the Pro models, with the lower-cost 6.1-inch model sticking with the standard film-based display.
Accompanying the possibilities of a thinner display are a redesigned metal frame similar to the one featured on the iPhone 4, as well as rear-facing 3D sensing and up to 6 GB of RAM.