Thinner iPhone 5 Display Will Boost Battery Life By 40%, Says Analyst


While the next generation iPhone may not bring NFC capabilities to Apple’s propriety smartphone, it will most definitely be a thinner handset than the current models as suggested by numerous part leaks and renders. In order to achieve that, Apple is expected to introduce a thinner display in iPhone 5 which according to analyst Shawn Lee, could very well boost the handset’s battery life by 40%, as compared to the iPhone 4S (via CNET).

Lee, who is a research director at DisplaySearch, believes that Apple will need to incorporate a battery with significantly more juice in order to power a faster quad-core processor and a boost in screen size from 3.5″ to 4″ in iPhone 5. To accommodate this bigger battery, Apple will adopt a slimmer display with so-called “in-cell” technology.

Apple would reduce the thickness of the display module by about half a millimeter, or two-hundredths of an inch.

“In-cell touch can bring additional benefits [such as] enabling greater battery capacity,” said Lee. “We assume that in-cell touch could result in the display module being 0.5 mm thinner, which, combined with battery density of at least 600 Wh/l [Watt-hours per liter], would result in an increase in battery capacity of at least 40% in the iPhone 5.”

Previous reports have already hinted that Apple will indeed use in-cell touch panels in iPhone 5, which are currently being manufactured by LG Display and Sharp for the Cupertino company.

Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 5 in two weeks i.e on Sept. 12 which is rumored to go on sale on Sept. 21.


  • FragilityG4

    The only problem with this theory is that the alleged larger screen/LTE will most defiantly erode this extra forty percent leaving the user with no sense of increased battery life. However with all elements in mind, status quo battery life is not a bad thing.