Apple granted patent for rumored in-cell display tech

By , Aug 14, 2012

Among the many changes we’re expecting to see in Apple’s new smartphone, one of them is a reduction in thickness. The new handset is said to be noticeably thinner than its predecessor.

So how is Apple going to pull this off while still adding things like LTE and a larger display? By doing things like reducing the size of the charging port, and using in-cell touchscreen tech…

We’ve talked about in-cell technology before — it’s one of the more consistent next-gen iPhone rumors. By combining the color filter and touchscreen components into a single layer, in-cell display panels are remarkably thin. And they also tend to produce higher quality images.

Fast forward to today, Apple was granted a patent regarding touchscreen display technology. And the tech described in the filing sounds a lot like in-cell. AppleInsider has an excerpt:

“By integrating the layered structure of an LCD and touch sensor, a variety of benefits can be achieved. This integration can include combining or interleaving the layered structures described above. Integration can further include eliminating redundant structures and/or finding dual purposes (e.g., one purpose for the touch function and another for the display function) for particular layers or structures. This can permit some layers to be eliminated, which can reduce cost and thickness of the touch screen LCD, as well as simplify manufacturing.”

Wow, so these panels would be a big deal for Apple if it could figure out how to manufacture them on a large scale. But the last we heard, panel-makers were having trouble mass-producing them.

Regardless, the mere fact that Apple is looking to use in-cell displays in future products is great news. It’s always nice to see technology pushed forward in all areas — especially displays.

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  • http://www.iTechBlog.in/ taran

    Now w8 for a month or two and samsung will copy it…:p

    • http://twitter.com/adampaulik Adam Paulik

      Maybe less than month :P

      • http://twitter.com/Jack_maredit Jackson Grong

        Probably :D

      • http://twitter.com/S_Lacertosa Stefano

        Yes, yes, indeed.

  • Chris

    Can anyone share the wallpaper in this articles image or know of where i can find it? Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/unbeliever008 Jae. Just J.

    I love how we expect the world and then as usual, it’s somewhere neither here nor there and we are disappointed. Still, should be the best phone out there to date when they release it.

  • J M

    So, with a patent like this, does that prevent any other company from using in-cell technology to create touch displays for phones without a license from apple? (That’s not meant as a sarcastic question, I’m legitimately curious about what implications this has for future phones)

    • http://twitter.com/IamYardvybz Daniel Hall

      Yep :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=604885391 Richard Borkovec

      Yes, but using S-AMOLED or IGZO displays will basically do the same thing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=604885391 Richard Borkovec

    I thought other phones already had this? How do you patent something other companies are already using?

    • http://twitter.com/IamYardvybz Daniel Hall

      Who using it and on which phone :) don’t worry I’ll wait………..

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=604885391 Richard Borkovec

        Hence why I asked. And after looking into it, it’s not that anyone is using this *specific* tech, just more that the “fused screen” is becoming more and more popular.

    • http://twitter.com/JWBarnham James Barnham

      You can’t patent something other companies are using. You may be able to pay to use their patented technology through a licensing deal. A patent lasts 20 years then expires. At this time anyone can then use the technology but impossible to patent again. This is why costs come down over time on technological innovations and more companies can then use it.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=604885391 Richard Borkovec

        Yet again, why I *asked* and didn’t *state* it. And technically you CAN patent tech another company is using if they haven’t patented it yet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aniket.bhatt3 Aniket Bhatt

    im pretty sure no other companies are using this…

  • http://twitter.com/IamYardvybz Daniel Hall

    Apple is always a game changer….. I bleed apple no of real lmao