New images have surfaced today giving us a closer look at the alleged next-generation iPhone display panel first revealed in earlier leaks (via MacRumors). The images don’t reveal any new information, but do give us a closer look at the part that appears to include new components thought to be related to the addition of Apple’s Force Touch display technology.
Today’s report mentions that the source of the images claims the display panel for the iPhone 6S is slightly thicker and heavier than the previous generation, but the increases are small enough that users likely wouldn’t notice the change. In addition to a new mysterious chip on the panel that was previously revealed in past leaks of the same part, the increase in thickness and weight is also thought to be related to the addition of Apple’s pressure sensitive Force Touch display technology that first debuted in the Apple Watch.
We reported previously that the iPhone 6S would be nearly identical in design to the current generation iPhone 6 with extremely minor increases in thickness likely too minimal to notice. We did reveal, however, several changes planned for the internals of the device including a new mounting structure.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard that the iPhone might get a slight increase in thickness. Previous reports claimed the next generation iPhone could be 0.15mm longer and 0.2mm thicker, enough to perhaps hide that protruding camera lens from the iPhone 6 or accommodate Force Touch, but probably not enough for the average user to notice or to cause any controversy.