Thin iPhone 6 Design Said to Be Cause of Low Yield Rates

The leaked dummies and schematics have shown a thinner iPhone 6 than its predecessor, in line with claims made before the image leaks. A new report from the China Times (via GforGames) says Apple may run into issues due to its decision to make a thinner device.

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The Chinese media cites anonymous sources claiming that Apple may use only one brightness enhancement film (BEF) in its LCD display just to save space. Previously, Apple’s supplier Minebea has used two BEFs.

While this — theoretically — shouldn’t cause an issue, the problem is that this single remaining layer has to meet high quality standards to get the job done on its own. Apple is reportedly looking to hand over the part orders Minebea provides to OMRON and Radiant.

In addition, the same source claims Apple will stick with the in-cell technology used with the iPhone 5s, contradicting earlier rumours of the company switching to “touch on display” technology for the next-generation handset. The main suppliers for the highly anticipated iPhone 6 are said to remain LG, JDI, and Sharp.

Earlier in May, Innolux was rumoured to be in talks with Apple, as the latter was said to be switching to a new type of display. Innolux was said to replace Sharp and even Samsung because of the rivalry between the two.