Back in January, we told you that the phone dubbed the Apple iPhone 9 might use a type of LCD screen called Full-Active Flex LCD. Similar to the more expensive OLED screens, these LCD displays are flexible enough to accommodate the notch; and since the display features a .5mm edge on all sides, the iPhone 9, even with an LCD screen, could feature the near bezel-less look seen on the AMOLED equipped iPhone X. The Full-Active Flex LCD screen was created by Japan Display, and the panels not only are more flexible than regular LCD screens, they also consume less energy.
A report published today states that mass production of the Full-Active Flex LCD displays for the iPhone 9 began earlier this month. The screen uses the third generation of Japan Display's Pixel Eyes touch sensor, which is said to be very accurate. However, the report mentions an extremely low yield rate of 1%, which we find hard to believe. But with a rate that low, previous reports claiming that the iPhone 9 won't be released until November, make sense.
While we recently heard that the bezels on the iPhone 9 will be thicker than those on the 5.8-inch iPhone X sequel and 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus models, this might not actually be the case with the use of the Full-Active LCD screens. That is, if the production issues can be ironed out. Last month, industry sources said that pre-production screens were coming off the line with light leakage around the notch area of the displays.
As usual, we expect Apple to unveil its new iPhone models in September.