Hearing about some new display technology for the iPhone 5 is nothing new, although an Apple patent made its way online yesterday that not only detailed the new screen, potentially for iPhone 5, but also showed this technology differs slightly from the in-cell we’ve heard about in the past. The image below shows the different layers of this in-cell concept, and in a nutshell this patent describes how Apple can improve the way touch-sensing is integrated into an LCD.
We know that the display is going to be thinner thanks to progress in iPhone 5 display tech, and is achieved by avoiding the traditional approach of having a touch layer on top of the smartphones screen. If this patent technology is found on the iPhone 5 when it receives a release date in the next couple of weeks, then we should see a display that combines touch-sensing elements with the liquid crystal.
There are a number of ways Apple can achieve this single structure and the patent abstract makes this clear, as seen below, which explains three solutions for creating one structure with the touch sensing elements in various places. It is clear Apple is creating something innovative with future screen technology, although a number of Android users disagree and feel that this in-cell touchscreen technology is old and already in use with some Samsung smartphones.
New iPhone 5 tech emphasizes user focus — this patent can be seen on uspto.gov with more images and detailed documents for the different technology and applications. The filing only made its way online yesterday, but we’ve already seen some clear user feedback and this shows where the iPhone user wants improvements on the next iPhone.
The area where most gadgets lack today is battery life and this has clearly been seen with the iPhone 4S, but also with other smartphones that incorporate power hungry tech like bigger displays, LTE 4G, and syncing with iCloud often. We’ve owned 5 generations of iPhone and look forward to purchasing the next when it launches in September or October, although we hope Apple are investing some of their billions into improving battery life for their future iPhones.
One Apple fans said, “we need an iPhone with a battery that lasts around 5 days” and they continued to explain that an old Nokia phone would last much longer than the current iPhone. It is clear that new displays and other features are sucking an increasing amount of juice, so some major breakthroughs are needed in battery technology, which also need to make their way into production. The majority of iPhone users agree that more battery life is needed with the iPhone 5, but also find it hard to believe that Apple is not already researching in this area, or at least helping out.
Scientists are aiming to deliver better batteries — it is clear that a number of organizations are already working on providing more battery life in our gadgets, and this has been seen in a recent article published this week. One area where scientists are working is with developing faster recharging with lithium-ion batteries, and you can read about this in detail here.
Is battery life at the top of your iPhone 5 feature wish list? It is certainly one of our most requested improvements and we’ll know pretty soon what has made it to the final design, which is thanks to an event looking likely for the start of September.