Apple’s rumored mid-range iPhone could adopt a next-generation version of Japan Display’s LCD technology, according to a new report.
That tidbit of information was included in a recent Macotakara story primarily about new iPad Pro models. Citing supply chain sources, the Japanese blog reported that that 6.1-inch iPhone would use Full Active LCD displays sourced from Japan Display.
Presumably, the Full Active technology is also helping Apple to tackle some of the production problems that have been rumored for the lower-cost iPhone.
Full Active LCD displays should allow Apple to slim down the bezels on the new mid-range handset. That would allow it have bezels roughly around the same size as its OLED stablemates.
Because of the nature of LCD display technology, in comparison to OLED, Apple has reportedly been running into issues with the less-flexible panels. Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty even went so far as to suggest that the problems, which could include “LED backlight leakage,” might delay the launch of the mid-range iPhone by a month.
But Full Active LCD panels don’t require as large of a bezel, and they’re flexible enough to “curve” around certain angles or components (like the sensor cutout seen in the iPhone X and rumored to appear on this year’s entire lineup).
Other analysts, like renowned and well-connected Apple watcher Ming-Chi Kuo, are not expecting any delays for the 2018 iPhone lineup.
Macotakara’s report also echoes several previous rumors about Full Active LCD display technology being used in this year’s 6.1-inch iPhone.
It’s worth noting that some rumors have even suggested that the Full Active LCD display could incorporate technology similar to LG’s MLCD+ panels. The 6.1-inch LCD iPhone was once rumored to use LG’s new display technology, but since the primary supplier appears to be Japan Display, that’s looking less likely.
Japan Display’s Full Active LCD technology also sports other OLED-like benefits, such as deeper black levels and the ability to function even with wet fingers.
Apple’s 6.1-inch LCD iPhone is rumored to sport flagship iPhone features like an edge-to-edge design, Face ID, and wireless charging at a much lower price point.