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Apple's new iPhone 5 will feature thinner screen

The new iPhone from Apple will use technology to make the smartphone's screen thinner, reports have said.

Apple's sixth-generation iPhone, the iPhone 5, will use new touchscreen technology allowing the screen to be thinner and better quality, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources familiar with the matter.

The iPhone 5 is currently being manufactured by Asian component makers, Sharp, Japan Display and South Korea's LG Display who are mass producing the panels for the iPhone using so-called in-cell technology, WSJ said citing sources.

The adoption of in-cell technology means Taiwan's Wintek and TPK Holding, which supplied the touchpanel layer of the iPhone 4S screen, did not get orders for the next iPhone, the paper said citing people with knowledge of the matter.

The technology integrates touch sensors into the LCD, making it unnecessary to have a separate touchscreen layer.

The absence of the layer makes the screen thinner and the quality of displayed images would improve, said DisplaySearch analyst Hiroshi Hayase, the Journal reported.

Apple could not immediately be reached for comment.

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