iPhone 6 Screen with In-Cell Touch Panel Technology for Thinner Construction to Enter Production in May

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By Karla Danica Figuerres | April 2, 2014 2:41 PM EST

The iPhone 6 has been the talk of the town and recent rumours say that the much anticipated iPhone 6 production could start as early as May for the 4.7 inches screen, according a report from Reuters.

The report was citing unnamed supply chain sources saying that Japan Display along with other manufacturers are preparing their facilities to start the panel production next month.

On the other hand, those who are looking forward to seeing the 5.5 inches model of the iPhone 6 might be a little bit disappointed as it appears that production issues of the bigger iPhone 6 have forced the Cupertino tech giant to delay the release of the bigger iPhone. According to Reuters, the manufacturers are running into difficulties with the in-cell technology, which means that the larger displays may not go into production for several months and delay the release of the bigger iPhone 6.

"Apple Inc suppliers will begin mass producing displays as early as May for the next iPhone, expected to be launched this autumn, with a 4.7-inch screen likely to be produced first while a 5.5-inch version could be delayed, supply chain sources said. [...]

Both iPhone 6 with 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches screens are expected to use in-cell touch panel technology, which is built into the screen to allow for thinner construction than with standard touch panel films. This same technology has been introduced previously with the iPhone 5, according to the source.

However, because of the difficulties with the in-cell production technology for the bigger iPhone 6, one of the sources claimed that a decision was made to start the production of the smaller 4.7 inches iPhone 6 alone.

The outlet reaffirms that Japan Display, South Korea's LG Display Co Ltd and Sharp Corp have all been tapped to manufacture the screen of the 4.7 inches iPhone 6, which coincides with some previous rumours. Japan Display will start the production on May at its main plant in Mobara with the other manufacturers ramping up on June. 

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