Just when we thought that Apple had stopped making its iPhone ever thinner and lighter, it seems that isn’t the case at all. A new report suggests that Apple’s 2019 lineup of iPhones will feature at least one handset that is both thinner and lighter than the iPhone XS, thanks to the use of a new screen technology.

The theory is that Apple will use touch-integrated flexible OLED panels, with the panels’ construction allowing for a thinner overall device. Current screens use a touch-sensitive layer that is a different component to the display, sitting atop it. If Apple was to integrate the two parts, it could theoretically make the whole device thinner and lighter.

According to ETNews, the technology will be made by Samsung, an existing OLED partner of Apple’s.

Samsung Display will supply touch-integrated flexible organic light emitting diode (OLED) panels to Apple’s iPhone. It is a Samsung OLED called ‘Y-OCTA’. It’s the first time Apple has applied touch-integrated displays to the iPhone […]

According to industry sources today, Apple decided to apply touch-integrated flexible OLED panels to the new iPhone and commissioned the development and manufacturing from Samsung Display. Samsung Display recently entered into partnerships with related companies to develop parts and materials to make the displays.

According to the report, both Apple and Samsung will be ready for the technology to be used in 2019 iPhones, but with supply likely to be constrained, it’s likely that only the most costly version of next year’s iPhone will feature the new technology. As costs start to fall, the same technology may filter down to the rest of the lineup, perhaps over the year that follows.

(Source: ETNews [Google Translate])

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