iphone-5I know there are some silent iPhone followers out there that read our site in the midst of all these Windows Phone bullies we have here, but fear not, I’m here to shield you from their abuse and maintain some levity around these parts! In all seriousness, I do own multiple devices including a HTC Titan II Windows Phone but I always seem to rely on my iPhone 4S as a daily driver. So let’s head off on some news and rumors about the next iPhone perhaps sliming down by .44mm!

It’s all due to “in-cell” display technology that Apple has (sit down and wait for it) patented under United States Patent#8,243,027. Where the current screen technology uses multiple layers to achieve display and touch functions, the method would allow the touch functions to be integrated with in the LCD layer instead of separate. Here is an portion of the Apple patent:

Disclosed herein are liquid-crystal display (LCD) touch screens that integrate the touch sensing elements with the display circuitry. The integration may take a variety of forms. Touch sensing elements can be completely implemented within the LCD stackup but outside the not between the color filter plate and the array plate. Alternatively, some touch sensing elements can be between the color filter and array plates with other touch sensing elements not between the plates. In another alternative, all touch sensing elements can be between the color filter and array plates. The latter alternative can include both conventional and in-plane-switching (IPS) LCDs. In some forms, one or more display structures can also have a touch sensing function. Techniques for manufacturing and operating such displays, as well as various devices embodying such displays are also disclosed.

Various experts claim that the technology could reduce the current screen size up to .44mmm. This would be great news for the Cupertino based Apple as they are rumored also to bring a new and larger screen size to the iPhone 5 as well. The 4 inch screen, while still puny next to the likes of most Android and Windows Phone flagship devices, is a first for iPhone users tired of the 3..5 inch screen we have had to suffer with for so long.

So would purists that like the small iPhone design and possibly pout about the larger device be satisfied with a thinner iPhone as well? Until we get  look at this shiny new iPhone nothing is for sure, but I for one would welcome a thinner device with a larger screen. On thing is for sure, Apple has got to hit this one out the park. The iPhone 4s did not move that far away from the iPhone 4, and the same could be said with the new iPad. A new design on the iPhone loaded with some innovative hardware will help sell this device with an already ho-hum iOS 6 coinciding release.

[via Forbes]

10 COMMENTS

  1. That’s nothing but good news for iPhone users. Apple is sure to use solid building materials so the weight should feel good in hand.
    I was under the impression someone else created the screen and Apple is just using it. It seems this is a broad patent that covers any reasonable, feasible implementation. Bad news for the rest of the industry unless everyone else rallies behind a different standard.

  2. I can’t figure out why they’re going with a larger screen? I can recall when these phones with larger screens were coming out and Apple said there was no need for a larger screen and that the size of the iPhone screen and iPhone were perfect. Now though they decide to make the screen larger?! I thought it was perfect?!

  3. Let’s cut it out with this “bigger iPhone screen” thing already. it’s not bigger, it’s longer. That’s not the same thing. Enough space for one more row of icons. Big whoop.

    Where’s that 4.7″ Note like iPhone that you have been hoping for Smith. They must have a few Newtons laying around somewhere. Nobody bought the damn things.

  4. “Windows Phone bullies” – Just because I want to break every IPhone, IPad, and IPod I see…….this does not make me a bully

    :D

  5. @Jim …. seriously? that’s your argument? “It’s not bigger, it’s longer”? The screen (according to rumors) will maintain the same horizontal dimensions, so by definition, a longer screen will also be bigger. SMH

    @Doug – nice Real Genius reference.

    @Kristofer – Bigger screen should be perfect for widescreen content at fullscreen. I’m sure they’ll have a nifty reason for the extra space as well.

    As for the thinner phone & larger screen, I’m looking forward to it, but I think the only thing I’m NOT looking forward to is the headphone jack being at the bottom of the phone :-/

    • One of my favorite movies! Would you prepared if gravity reversed itself? The only thing I can’t figure out is how to keep the change in my pockets. I’ve got it. Nudity.

      Was it a dream where you see yourself standing in sort of sun-god robes on a pyramid with a thousand naked women screaming and throwing little pickles at you?

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