iPhone 5 rumors: An ultra-thin smartphone thanks to in-cell technology

Recent reports have stated that the next-generation iPhone will use thinner in-cell technology for multi-touch display.

Now, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a report based on these rumors. The analyst believes that the iPhone is likely to be the slimmest one yet.

Currently, the iPhone 4S has a thickness of 9.3 mm, while some Android competitors have reached a thicknesses of about 7 to 8 mm.

Used in conjunction with Apple’s upcoming switch to in-cell touch panels, the LiquidMetal tech and a redesigned battery, the technology could help the company cut 0.44 mm off the thickness of the new iPhone.

In addition, the use of in-cell technology would not only help reduce the size, but also simplify certain stages of production because fewer steps are needed to assemble the panels.

Kuo says that production time could be reduced from 12-16 days to just 3-5 days and production costs could be 10 – 20 per cent lower.