The iPhone 5’s debut is expected to be held later this year and rumors about the greatly anticipated device keep on coming. According to them, the next generation of Apple’s hit smartphone is going to have a thinner body than the 4 and 4S, which is going to be achieved using a very interesting technology, at least according to a publication of the Wall Street Journal. It’s called in-cell and is practically familiar to us already – Samsung revealed it along with its new line of Super AMOLED panels back in 2010 – when they released the S850 Wave. Of course, later the Korean company also included it in its other products – overall we can’t really say it’s an innovation.
Still, what actually makes this technology so interesting – instead of placing a capacitive sensor layer between the protective glass and the display, this layer is integrated in the display itself. This helps reduce the distance between the panel and the glass, which leads to the creation of thinner devices. It does however come with a side effect and quite a good one at that – upon using your device you really feel like you’re touching the display, rather than the glass, which stands above it, which really adds to the overall user experience. B. A.