July 17, 2012 at 11:52 AM ET
Like a celebrity who's frequently splashed across tabloid covers, the next iPhone — an unannounced product the press can't stop writing about — is now rumored to be going through a bit of a slim-down.
A report in the Wall Street Journal explains that "people familiar with the matter" say that the next-generation iPhone will "use a new technology that makes the smartphone's screen thinner."
For reference: The current iPhone model is 9.3 millimeters, according to Apple's website.
According to DisplaySearch analyst Hiroshi Hayase, who spoke to the WSJ, the technology supposedly being used in the next-generation iPhone "integrates touch sensors into the LCD, making it unnecessary to have a separate touch-screen layer." Skipping that layer, which is described as being about half a millimeter thick, means that a screen will be thinner — and potentially offer higher quality images.
Like any report based on anonymous sources and speculation from industry analysts, this one should be taken with a hefty serving of salt. After all, until there's word straight from the gods of Cupertino themselves, nothing's for certain.
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