Apple is growing rapidly and the company is entering unknown territory for a technology company in terms of worldwide sales and market cap, and the iPhone 5 is expected to be the biggest release date for any Apple phone yet. This means the company is actively planning on simplifying its production process, and saving time and money in small ways can make a massive difference considering the scale Apple are working towards with the iPhone 5 launch.
We’ve heard from a number of analysts in 2012 and a few of these have produced figures for predicted sales of the iPhone 5, and while these figures vary each analyst clearly expects the biggest launch for Apple yet. One of the latest reports predicts the iPhone 5 already has 80 millions sales lined-up before the device has launched, which are from dedicated fans and expected buyers discovered through surveys. You can read a breakdown of these figures here, although this is another clear sign of the massive number of units Apple need to deliver this year.
Improving the technology that goes into an iPhone 5 can also save time and money, and Apple looks to be doing this in a number of ways, which includes using “In-Cell” technology to simplify supply logistics. Normally Apple would use two suppliers for its iPhone display, and this includes one for the LCD screen and one for the touch panel.
The new tech within iPhone 5 allows for Apple to use one supplier by combining both the touch and LCD into one panel, which is apparently called In-Cell technology. This means Apple can use less suppliers and create a display that is 0.5mm thinner, so if you want to learn more about this tech then head over to this article for more insight.
There had already been signs of a display change for the iPhone 5, more than just increasing the display size, and this had been shown thanks to PK Holding Co. and Wintek Corp. not receiving orders for the next-generation iPhone. These companies were behind the iPhone 4S display and won’t be supplying the touch-panel for the iPhone 5.
Currently it’s not clear how this change will affect iPhone users when they get their 6th generation iPhone, but we’ll certainly know more nearer the release date, which is expected to land within the next 2 to 3 months. If you’re looking to upgrade your phone and looking at Apple then we recommend holding off considering how close we are to a possible iPhone 5 launch. We reported earlier today about the iPhone 5 front panel altering FaceTime thanks to a reposition, which you can read more about here.