Yet another report has surfaced which suggests Apple's next iPhone will sport a significantly slimmer form factor.
The Wall Street Journal cited unnamed industry sources in reporting that Apple was working with manufacturers in Japan and South Korea to develop slimmer displays which would combine the screen display and touch sensor elements into a single unit.
According to the report, such in-cell screens would eliminate the need for multiple layers in the display assembly and allow for a thinner display which could in turn reduce the overall thickness of the iPhone.
The report is in line with a number of earlier accounts which have surfaced from various manufacturers associated with the building of Apple's new handset.
Previous reports have suggested that the company would use a number of new components, including a LiquidMetal alloy casing, which would result in an iPhone that would be less than 8mm thick. The Phone 4S handset is listed by Apple as 9.3mm thick.
The new iPhone is also widely believed to sport a larger screen, with reports suggesting that Apple will extend the display to 4in as part of an effort to keep pace with the latest crop of large-screen Android handsets. The reports were later backed by leaked photos claiming to show prototype case designs.
While Apple has given no word on when a new iPhone would be released, the company is widely believed to be targeting a release date in the Autumn. Such a release would coincide with previous releases from Apple as well as the planned release of the next version of the iOS platform.
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