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In-Cell Touch Panels Could Make New iPhone 15% Thinner

In-Cell Touch Panels Could Make New iPhone 15% Thinner

Posted April 23, 2012 at 6:30am by iClarified
Following up on a recent report that said Apple would use In-Cell Touch Panels for the next iPhone, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities reports that the new device will likely be at least 1.4 mm slimmer.

Since Apple's smartphone competitors have generally slimmed down their high-end offerings to 7-8mm, Apple needs to make a leap forward from 4S' 9.3mm thickness. We believe Apple will aim at 8mm or below (at least 1.4mm slimmer) for iPhone 5, in a bid to ensure brisk sales through 2014, while peers will also continue to introduce increasingly slim models next year.

As such, all iPhone 4S components that account for thickness must be slimmer, specifically, touch panel, battery and casing. Moreover, a marginal amount of space is required between the three parts for the sakes of assembly tolerance and thermal expansion of components.

Kuo says that the in-cell touch panels will reduce thickness by about 0.5mm. A metal back case will reduce thickness 0.5mm further. Finally, a thinner battery will result in a total of 1.4mm shaved from the current 9.3mm thick device.

[via MacRumors]

In-Cell Touch Panels Could Make New iPhone 15% Thinner
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Kornmehl - April 23, 2012 at 2:26pm
Who cares about the battery? Just make it ultra-thin.
NoGoodNick - April 23, 2012 at 2:06pm
Except the battery is almost certainly be bigger. the 4G LTE network will drain the battery, so Apple will surely put a larger one in place, thereby negating a 'thinner model'. Personally, I don't mind the thickness of the device. As long as it fits in my pocket, I don't care just how thick it is. But 4G and a decent battery WILL make a big difference!
ads - April 23, 2012 at 1:59pm
Just make it bigger, not fussed about thickness.. its hardly a brick as it is! 4.3" screen would be nice. Otherwise the Galaxy S3 looks tempting!
Noman - April 23, 2012 at 10:21am
Will this affect my 3gs?
snakeeye - April 25, 2012 at 12:49am
Are you insane?
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