The 6" iPhone 9 may sport tougher LCD display with mysterious extra layer

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Apple may be doing away with 3D Touch on the rumored "affordable" 6.1" iPhone with LCD display, in order to keep costs down. That much we've already heard, but reputed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities now claims its screen will actually sport a mysterious extra thin film sensor layer that will raise the price.

What is Apple planning to do with this layer, and will it mean some sort of mock 3D Touch will stay in the LCD iPhone model, remains to be seen. The analyst says that Apple is moving to cover glass sensor (CGS) technology for the mass 2018 iPhone, instead of utilizing the current in-cell one that integrates the touch layer in the display. The advantages of CGS, apart from lowered production costs, are that the panel reportedly becomes lighter and more durable, albeit slightly thicker.

Adding another thin film layer to the mix has reportedly raised the panel pricing 15% to $23-$26, but Apple apparently deemed this worth it for the added functionality. Now, what would that extra feature that requires a second sensing layer bring, is anyone's guess, yet the option is apparently going to be present on all 2019 iPhones, too. Thus, the LCD iPhone is shaping up to be a pioneer for Apple in some way, we'll just have to wait and see which one.

source: Feng via AppleInsider

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1. HKies

Posts: 24; Member since: Apr 12, 2017

So it wont break easily good job Apple Ohohoh

10. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

The cover glass sensor and extra thin film layer is JDi Pixel touch sensor on cover display within Increen screens fingerprint scanner to replicate force touch as 3D touch and Fingerprint unlock on lcd screen rather on sensor behind oled screen that why they are ditching the 3D touch layer on LcD panels and making it exclusive for expensive oled models like iphone xs,xs+.So buy the iphone 6s,7,8 series models as it last for u if u do not like haptic feedback engine on 7,8 and no headphone jack then go for 6s,6s+.

12. sgodsell

Posts: 7450; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It could be an extra layer also used for a stylus. Especially when a 6.1" or 6.5" display is most definitely phablet size. The problem with Apple is they are only phablet in name. So none of the tablet like features are supported on any iPhone. Apple purposely and artificially makes their iPhones only support single tasks, with split screen multitasking left to Apples aidiPads. This is where Android gives full multitasking and split screen multitasking to all its devices, from any sized smartphones/phablets to its tablets. Does anyone here remember the first Galaxy Note (2011) with its massive 5.3" display, and where Steve Jobs was quoted saying no one will buy that really large phone? Then in 2014 Apple came out with the 6 plus with its 5.5" display. For years Apple has been using features and options that have been on Android smartphones/phablets for years.

2. Medoogalaxy

Posts: 232; Member since: May 25, 2017

Boring company. Originally all the hardware pieces in iphone are the cheapest in the market. I remember what Apple used to make fun of the big screen of Samsung, after it followed, and now it is increasing size more and more the second stage of copiying is S-pen and attempts to create a market similar to Samsung Galaxy Note. I think this is the point that Note surpasses the competitors

3. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

*Grab popcorn while waiting sheep posting rage comments*

6. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

You sir are a retard. I don’t need to explain its way to dumb of an argument. Your memory is very different from reality.

4. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

What about Lcd inscreen fingerprint scanner?i hope they use it on 2019 iphones models.

7. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

It would be nice.

9. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Might be the case for the most expensive one. If you read the actual leak, it's not as glorified as phonearena said. The cheaper one where they see this new film actually has its glass and touchsensor seperated. This should make repairs easier and make the glass much tougher. So no. There is no mysterical new sensor layer like phonearena likes to hype up. The more expensive model might have it tho.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Crappy phones

8. Cat97

Posts: 1933; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Maybe that mysterious layer is the fingerprint sensing layer ?

11. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

I doubt phone will be at least 2 or 3 mm thicker. No chance to see a near 3000mAh

13. monkeyb

Posts: 413; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

To all the folks who were expecting Apple to miraculously get the starting price down to $550. This article should be a wake up call. - Apple will make the display slightly better and charge a premium for it. - A brand new form factor will always command a premium. (Apple is using the same design since 4 years) - When most people will be willing to pay $650 for a 6.1 inch phone. Apple will not be stupid to charge less such as $550. - Many articles state that LG is not ready to supply OLED. This means that Apple needs to make profits else where. The most obvious place is by squeezing as much money from lower tier of phones like the 6.1. Having said all this. I am super excited to see what the second generation iPhone x has to offer. The second gens are always awesome. If it fails to impress. I am sticking with my 7 or maybe look out for the SE 2. Cheers!

14. matistight

Posts: 997; Member since: May 13, 2009

I highly doubt the 6.1inch phone will have a bigger battery than the 5.8 and cost less than the 5.8inch phone. That isn't the Apple way.

15. Whitedot

Posts: 831; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

"Toughest glass ever"

16. Chuck007

Posts: 1411; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

No force touch still makes no sense since iPhone 8 has it lol

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