LG starts producing in-cell smartphone displays – Are they for iPhone 5?

LG Display has claimed to have begun production of a smartphone display that utilises in-cell technology. This has led many to speculate that it could be intended for the new iPhone 5.

“We just began mass production and we don’t expect any disruption in supplies,” Han Sang-beom, LG Display’s chief executive, told reporters.

It’s been suggested previously that Apple’s new smartphone will shave millimeters off its overall thickness, partly by taking advantage of in-cell screen technology.

In-cell condenses the typical three-layer composition of an LCD touchscreen into just two, creating a much slimmer unit as well as providing a boost to image clarity. It’s also believed that in-cell techniques are simpler to manufacture, which would certainly be supported by LG’s claim that the production process is going smoothly.

The timing of this announcement from LG – and the news that the components have been in mass-production since the middle of August, a month before the expected iPhone 5 launch – hints strongly at the LG in-cell screens’ final destination.

There’s also the fact that Apple is traditionally one of LG Display’s biggest customers.

Apple’s iPhone 5 is expected to launch on September 12 with a 4-inch widescreen display, a unibody chassis (a bit like the MacBook Pro) and a new smaller dock connector.

Of course, with LG itself said to be launching a push with its own Android-powered smartphones, these in-cell displays could be intended for internal use. But we somehow doubt it.

Via Reuters

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