Report: New iPhone to have thinner screen

Report: New iPhone to have thinner screen

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In this photo taken Monday Oct. 10, 2011, Siri, the new virtual assistant, is displayed on the new Apple iPhone 4S in San Francisco. The 4S will be available Friday in black or white. It will cost $199-$399, depending on included storage space, with a two-year service contract with Verizon Wireless, Sprint or AT&T. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 17, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 17 at 4:17 PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- A published report says the new iPhone will have a thinner screen. That could leave more room for a larger battery.

The Wall Street Journal is citing unnamed people familiar with the matter in reporting that the new iPhone will have a screen that can sense touches without the need for a separate, touch-sensitive layer.

Tuesday's report says that would shave off half a millimeter from the thickness of the screen.

That doesn't mean the phone itself will be thinner. For instance, Apple might use the space freed up to expand the battery. That, in turn, could offset some of the higher battery drain expected from chips that use new, high-speed wireless data networks.

Apple doesn't comment on its product plans. A new iPhone is expected this fall.

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