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Report: LG ramping up production of new iPhone screens

23 AUG 2012

LG has reportedly started mass production of a new type of display that is likely to make its debut in Apple’s upcoming new iPhone.

According to Bloomberg, LG Display, an existing Apple supplier, is making screens using so-called ‘in-cell’ technology that embeds touch sensors directly into displays instead of adding them separately, allowing devices to be thinner.

“There were a lot of trials and errors as we tried a technology that hadn’t been used [but] we’re all cleared now,” said LG Display CEO Han Sang Beom yesterday.

While neither LG nor Apple would that confirm the new screens were intended for the new iPhone, analysts believe that the technology will feature on the next version of the iconic device tipped to be unveiled next month. The new smartphone is thought to be thinner and feature a larger screen. 

LG’s production of the screens is “largely in line with the release schedule of the new iPhone,” Hwang Joon Ho, a Seoul-based analyst at Daewoo Securities, told Bloomberg.

However, Barclays analyst Ben Reitzes wrote recently that a shortage of the new displays may limit availability of the new iPhone during its initial rollout phase.