12 08 14 Fig88 iPhone 5 may have in cell touchscreen

Apple has received yet another patent, and this time it has to do with “in-cell touchscreen.”  The patent won’t be good news for competing firms, but for consumers it may be another reason why they should consider getting an iPhone this time around.

Apple has received yet another patent, and this time it has to do with “in-cell touchscreen.”  The patent won’t be good news for competing firms, but for consumers it may be another reason why they should consider getting an iPhone this time around.

12 08 14 Fig88 iPhone 5 may have in cell touchscreen

In-cell touchscreen technology eliminates the “glass-on-glass” by combining the touch sensing elements and liquid crystal components into a single layer, thus, reducing the weight and materials used in a phone. 

The patent filing states:

By integrating the layered structure of an LCD and a touch sensor, a variety of benefits can be achieved. This integration can include combining or interleaving the layered structures described above. Integration can further include eliminating redundant structures and/or finding dual purposes (e.g., one purpose for the touch function and another for the display function) for particular layers or structures. This can permit some layers to be eliminated, which can reduce cost and thickness of the touch screen LCD, as well as simplify manufacturing.

The patent also suggests that Apple will make an in-cell touch display using its Retina (IPS) display.  According to Apple Insider, Apple's in-cell IPS panels will utilize the electrodes used for the display and apply them to the touch sensing components. 

12 08 14 Fig35 iPhone 5 may have in cell touchscreen

In-cell touchscreen technology has been a big part of the iPhone 5 rumor mill, and the patent enforces the possibility that consumers may have a nifty in-cell touch display device come September.