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Sony added to list of in-cell display suppliers for next-gen iPhone

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Sony has reportedly been tapped to make the cutting-edge in-cell displays bound for Apple's next iPhone and will start manufacture of the screens alongside four other companies by the end of May.

A report from IHS Displaybank noted (via "How To" Arena) that the Japanese electronics giant began manufacture of the so-called "in-cell" panels in February and will significantly ramp-up production this month in preparation of a rumored fall iPhone launch, according to the Taipei Times.

Sony will join fellow Japanese manufacturers Sharp Corp and Toshiba Mobile Display, as well as South Korea's LG Display Co in a combined effort to furnish Apple with enough panels for an expected fall launch.

In-cell screen tech allows for thinner smartphones because its design embeds the display's capacitive touch sensors into the LCD filter array rather than stacking a two components on separate pieces of glass. Due to the technology's complexity, however, the average fabrication yield is relatively low, which has forced Apple to secure the components from a number of suppliers.

?Even for those companies that start mass production in May, they can only reach an average yield of 65 to 70 percent at present,? said IHS Displaybank senior analyst Stone Wu. He added that companies making the IPS units used in the current iPhone 4S see yields of about 80 to 85 percent.

Taiwanese display makers AU Optronics and Chimei Innolux are said to also be readying in-cell products, however the companies are not expected to be partnering with Apple as their facilities won't be ready until the second quarter of 2012. AU Optronics is already an Apple supplier and is rumored to be making LCDs for Apple's unannounced 'iPad mini,' which could see a debut in the third or fourth quarter.

While in-cell panels may see some use in high-end devices, it is projected that current capacitive display technology will account for the majority of touchscreen shipments in 2012 and 2013, with 69.5 percent and 77.2 percent, respectively. Apple pushed the envelope when it introduced the high-resolution Retina Display in the iPhone 4, and is perhaps looking to do the same with in-cell.

Rumors have said that the sixth-generation handset will sport a display measuring at least 4-inches diagonally, which would make it the first Apple handset to stray from the 3.5-inch form factor introduced with the original iPhone in 2007.
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So is the screen going to be made out of glass? Or will in cell use some polymer? That would be quite a departure if they lose the glass. 

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Isn't it this time of the year when an Apple engineer gets drunk and lose the new iPhone in a bar?!

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Is this not all bullshit? They came out with this crap before the iPad (3rd gen) was released too. Sharp etc were meant to be making the screens for that too. These guys know nothing, often times less than nothing. They just want to manipulate stock prices.
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Tomorrow this story will be rebuked. 

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So is the screen going to be made out of glass? Or will in cell use some polymer? That would be quite a departure if they lose the glass. 

It will be glass but with thinner stuff behind it.

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Very funny... And so true!

I can't wait for the next iPhone. I still have the 4 and still marvel at the design. And trust me when I say I am super critical

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Sony will join fellow Japanese manufacturers Sharp Corp and Toshiba Mobile Display, as well as South Korea's LG Display Co in a combined effort…

 

 

Voila! The Apple juggernaut begins its conquest of the world's technology manufacturers!  ;-)  

 

Seriously though, all these firms need a good, financial shot-in-the-arm to boost their profitability and competitiveness vis-a-vis Samsung. 

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Isn't it this time of the year when an Apple engineer gets drunk and lose the new iPhone in a bar?!

 

Hahahaha.  Yes it is.  The story will undoubtedly have a few new twists and will keep us all on the edge of our chairs for weeks.

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