New Backlight Enables iPhone 6's Thin Design, May Cause Production Challenges

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Leaked images, mockups and schematics suggest the iPhone 6 will be Apple's thinnest iPhone model to date, with a side profile approaching that of the 6.1 mm iPod touch. A new report from Chinese media sources (Via GforGames) suggests Apple may face yield issues with the next generation iPhone due to its decision to minimize the size of the handset.

    According to supply chain sources who spoke anonymously to China Times, Apple may use only one brightness enhancement film (BEF) in its LCD display as a space-saving measure. Current generation iPhone displays are supplied by Minebea and use two layers in order to improve readability in these backlit displays.

    This change to a single layer technology may cause yield issues as the one layer has to be of a higher quality in order to take the place of two. To meet demand for this new part, Apple allegedly is looking to OMRON and Radiant as suppliers to supplement the projected output from Minebea.

    Despite an earlier rumor that Apple was considering adopting "touch on display" technology for future iPhone models, this latest report claims Apple will continue to use the current in-cell display for its upcoming iPhone 6. Sources also claim the main suppliers for the iPhone will remain LG, JDI and Sharp, which was rumored to have been dropped from Apple's iPhone 6 supplier chain. According a report from Taiwan's Economic Daily News, Apple was said to be replacing Sharp with Innolux due to "Moire" issues with Sharp's early sample panels.

    Though it won't comment on its role in future Apple products, Sharp did confirm it is betting big on Apple with an entire plant dedicated to producing displays for the Cupertino company, said Sharp Senior Executive Norikazu Hoshi in an interview with Japanese newspaper Nikkei (via CNET). Similar to other companies that supply Apple, Sharp faces some risk in this strategy with large swings in monthly production due to Apple's once-a-year product refresh cycle.
    Sharp, Minebea and other Apple suppliers are gearing up for the expected mass production of the iPhone 6 which is rumored to begin in July. The iPhone 6 is expected to launch in September and may be available in both a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch version.

    Article Link: New Backlight Enables iPhone 6's Thin Design, May Cause Production Challenges
  2. nepalisherpa macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2011
    I just cannot wait! I am sure Apple won't sacrifice on screen quality.
  3. Serban Suspended

    Jan 8, 2013
    1 BEF is better than 2? i mean for brightness level ?
  4. Radio macrumors 68000

    Mar 5, 2012
    Central California
    I would really love if that Apple logo glowed for notifications.

    You know some indicator that you have a notification
  5. I8P'CS macrumors 6502

    Jul 29, 2010
    Just want better battery.. Already know the product will be brilliant..
  6. Lapidus macrumors regular


    May 14, 2012
    I can.
    One more year if necessary. As long as I can get a not so much crashing / nice and thin / good battery / working iMessages phone. I will wait.
  7. NachoGrande macrumors 6502a

    Mar 30, 2010
    oh another production problem report from analysts. :rolleyes: rare...
  8. farewelwilliams macrumors 65816

    Jun 18, 2014
    so thin, it'll make it even harder to pick up from the table than the 5S!
  9. FelixDerKater macrumors 68000


    Apr 12, 2002
  10. RoastingPig macrumors 68000


    Jul 23, 2012
  11. newdeal macrumors 68020

    Oct 21, 2009
    I want thin BEZELS the body is already thin enough
  12. AngerDanger macrumors 68030


    Dec 9, 2008
    Hmmm, if the profile is thin enough and the battery is thinner, this might allow people to carry two iPhones in the same pocket for all-day usability! :p
  13. sulpfiction macrumors 68030


    Aug 16, 2011
    Philadelphia Area
    Cmon with the "thinner is better" obsession. Make it a little thicker and give me twice the battery life. Is that so hard?
  14. Orlandoech macrumors 68040


    Jun 2, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT
    That's too Samsung-esk, Apple fanboys would complain and cry rivers, for days, even years.
  15. losthorse, Jun 30, 2014
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2014

    losthorse macrumors member

    Nov 19, 2012
  16. PowerBook-G5 macrumors 65816


    Jul 30, 2013
    The United States of America
    Jony Ive?
  17. stuffradio macrumors 65816

    Mar 17, 2009
    Even the iPhone 4 got slightly heavier than the 3G/S. Apple wasn't too concerned about it back then.
  18. dannyyankou macrumors 603


    Mar 2, 2012
    If it's so thin that the camera lens protrudes, it's probably too thin.
  19. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Yes, of course, Tim Cook, in a do-or-die (for him) product cycle, having been the victim of "product challenges" before, authorized a new problematic part for Apple's flagship, and wildly anticipated 2014 model.


    BS report.


    (Not a huge Tim Cook fan, but he's a smart guy and just not possible for him to be that oblivious to the pressure he is under to produce good and available product this fall).
  20. Thunderhawks macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2009
    If the BEF for the LCD is DOA, we'll all be SOOL. LOL
  21. Dades macrumors member


    May 24, 2010
    Dublin, Ireland
    I heard the Apple logo on the back will glow if there's Orcs or Goblins nearby.
  22. zedsdead macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    I just hope Apple will allow delivery to door on release day like they usually do. Last year they didn't for the 5s because of the supply constraints on the fingerprint scanner.

    Hopefully they get this worked out.
  23. Ries macrumors 68000

    Apr 21, 2007
    I am betting $1000 monopoly dollars on multiples of un-even backlighting return post!
  24. HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 603


    Feb 8, 2004
    Hobe Sound, FL (20 miles north of Palm Beach)
    Only Apple. Lots of people here will claim they covet "thinner" but I speculate that that is mostly driven by them knowing Apple is going thinner so they want what Apple is going to give. You'll find few (any?) griping about the onerous thickness of the 5s or 5. And when Apple launched the 4, 5 and 5s, there were few-to-none griping about it being "too thick".

    I think the rhythm of spinning "thinnest" at each launch event has simply set in such that it becomes a quest with every re-design. It's no longer the market faulting how heavy or thick the current generation device is now; it's just something that is internally important for marketing spin. I'm sure 20 guys will come back spinning how they desperately need an even thinner iPhone to try to rationalize it but I bet it would be hard to find any of those 20 griping about the thickness of their current iPhone in any other thread.
  25. lik macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2010
    You know you can turn on the flash light to blink for that purpose, right? I use it and I love it.

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