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iPhone 6: Apple Going To Great Lengths To Make It Thinner, Might Encounter Yield Issues

by Mihai Matei on June 30, 2014


Lately, Apple’s fans have had their hands full with rumors and leaks, as the iPhone 6 has been one of the hottest topics of the mobile blogosphere for the past several months. To be honest, the game has become a bit predictable, but fear not, as there is just a short period of time during which Apple will constantly make the headlines, before the next-gen iPhones will actually become official.

This also gives us an opportunity to learn more about Apple’s products in greater detail, despite the fact that the iPhone 6 has not been unveiled yet. For instance, earlier today we have learned that the Apple might go to great lengths to make the iPhone 6 thinner, so much that it could cause yield issues. More after the break.

iPhone 6: Apple Going To Great Lengths To Make It Thinner, Might Encounter Yield Issues

iPhone 6: Apple Going To Great Lengths To Make It Thinner, Might Encounter Yield Issues

iPhone 6 – The Quest for Thinness Might Cause Yield Issues

According to the Chinese media who is citing supply chain sources, Apple might’ve decided to use only one brightness enhancement film (BEC) in its backlit LCD display in order to save up space.

However, up until now Apple and Miebea (the supplier) have used two BEFs, and delivering a new backlight with just a single brightness enhancement film can allegedly cause yield issues. To our understanding, the reason why a single BEF could cause yield issues is because the remaining layer needs to be better enough to get the job done by itself. As for the alleged yield problems, these reports suggest that some of Minebea’s backlight orders will be taken over by OMRON and Radiant.

A Note About Backlights : “Because LCDs do not produce light on their own, they need some kind of illumination to produce an image. This is where backlights come into play, illuminating the LCD from the side or the back in order to increase readability in low light conditions. Modern LCDs consist of several layers, with the backlight usually being the first layer from the back.”

The same source claims that mass production of the iPhone 6 will begin in July, with the smartphone being released in September (being in line with what we’ve heard last week).


In another train of thought, the same source suggests that, contrary to what previous reports have hinted, iPhone 6′s LCD panel will continue to use in-cell technology. In addition, the main suppliers supposedly remain LG, JDI and SHARP – the latter being previously rumored to have been replaced by Innolux.

Any thoughts regarding these recent developments? Feel free to share them in the comment section.

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