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Apple’s iPhone 5 could be .44mm Thinner

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]