Apple?s upcoming iPhone 6 will commence production starting in May 2014 according to sources close to supply chain. Moreover, iPhone 6 flagship features 4.7-inch display screen with In-Cell Technology while the production of 5.5-inch phablet size is slightly delayed.
iPhone 6 Production
Sources connected to Apple?s supply chain hinted out commencement of production of iPhone 6 flagship smartphones in May 2014. They claim that the first iPhone 6 variant starting mass production in May is the 4.7-inch model while the larger 5.5-inch may have some delay.
iPhone 6 4.7-inch display screens are made by Japan Display, SHARP and LG but Apple decided not to comment if the sources claim is correct. In addition, iPhone 6 display screens will use in-cell touch panel technology to allow thinner construction than standard touch panel films which was introduced in the iPhone 5.
Sources also revealed the reason why the 5.5-inch is expecting some delay ?is due to the display production difficulties on the larger iPhone variant. Also, Apple may shift the display type from in-cell technology to film sensor at any time during production.
In-Cell Touch Panel Technology
Unlike standard touch panels used by several mobile devices, In-Cell technology allows thinner form factors by keeping the weight relatively low even if the screen size increases. It is revolutionary which emerged back in 2012 and can be combined with a digitizer, touch input and may be integrated with an LCD screen into a single-layer display.
Some reviews suggest that display screens with in-cell technology provides better resolution compared to standard LCD screens.
Possible Effects on iPhone 6
In case the sources from Apple?s supply chain are telling the truth regarding the use of in-cell technology on iPhone 6, there are several factors which may positively affect the device.
- Reduced or maintaining the same weight with iPhone 5S.
- No additional weight on the larger 5.5-inch iPhone.
- Enables full HD resolution for the iPhone 6.
- Better display output from images and videos.
- Possibility of providing 2K display resolution on future iPhone devices.
- Reduces cost to manufacture a mobile device.
- Simplifies manufacturing process.
Still, several other factors are needed to be explored with in-cell technology such as battery life performance, viewing quality on various angles and impact of strong bright light. The iPhone 6 is expected to be released around September 2014.