Feeds

iPhone 5 to be skinniest Apple yet SHOCK

But as much to do with the battery as the touchscreen tech

Intelligent flash storage arrays

The next iPhone will be skinnier than the current one, but not entirely - as the Wall Street Journal would have us believe - because Apple will use advanced touchscreen tech.

How does the paper know that's what Apple plans to do? The inevitable people familiar with what Apple is up to but who can't allow themselves to be named. So, an authorised leak then.

The iPhone 5's LCD will be thinner - approximately 0.44mm less than the one in the iPhone 4S, it is thought, based on past forecasts from display market analysts who've considered the technologies available to Apple for phone thinning.

The prime candidate is what's called "in-cell" touch technology, which embeds the sensors into the display panel instead of simply slapping a sensor layer on top with optically clear glue sandwiched in between. Both Sharp and LG make in-cell touchscreens, which require fewer separate steps to manufacture than standard phone touchscreen display panels do but are currently more expensive to make because yields are much lower.

All good stuff, of course, but shaving 0.44mm off the display unit doesn't make for an appreciably thinner phone. So Apple will have to fit a more svelte battery, which would allow it to reduce the iPhone's thickness by a further 0.46mm. Getting rid of the 4S' glass back and replacing it with metal will help the girth reduction further.

The upshot, as analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, of broker KGI Securities, said back in April, the 9.3mm thick 4S could be superseded by a 7.9mm iPhone 5.

Separately, more snaps have appeared of what is claimed to be the new phone's faceplate, these ones following the now-standard pattern of a taller handset that looks like an iPhone 4S stretched to accommodate a 4in display. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Ford's B-Max: Fiesta-based runaround that goes THUNK
... when you close the slidey doors, that is ...
Official: European members prefer to fondle Apple iPads
Only 7 of 50 parliamentarians plump for Samsung Galaxy S
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode
Frontier cops an epic kicking in its own forums ahead of December revival
Intel's LAME DUCK mobile chips gobbled by CASH COW
Chipzilla won't have money-losing mobe unit to kick about anymore
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
5 critical considerations for enterprise cloud backup
Key considerations when evaluating cloud backup solutions to ensure adequate protection security and availability of enterprise data.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence
Download Choosing a Cloud Hosting Provider with Confidence to learn more about cloud computing - the new opportunities and new security challenges.