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Rumor: iPhone 16 Pro's ultra-thin bezels pose a challenge for production

Rumor: iPhone 16 Pro's ultra-thin bezels pose a challenge for production

The word on the street is that the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max will have larger displays than ever before. A new supply chain report today explains how Apple will achieve this, describing what's called “Border Reduction Structure” — or BRS — technology for displays.

the The report comes from electrical He explains that this BRS technology will make the edges of the iPhone 16 Pro thinner using a complex new system under the screen. However, this change is said to be difficult for Apple's suppliers, including LG Display and Samsung Display.

In fact, the report says that “no company” has reached production rates of Apple's standards yet:

The iPhone 16 OLED series applies Border Reduction Structure (BRS) technology, making the bottom bezel thin. To implement a thin frame, the circuit under the frame must be placed more tightly and some of the wires must be bent downward, which increases the technical difficulty. It is known that no company has been able to stabilize the iPhone OLED production rate at the level that Apple expects.

In this year's iPhone 16 series, Samsung Display is expected to offer all four OLED displays. LG Display is also expected to aim to offer OLED in two major lineups such as Pro and Pro Max, and BOE is expected to supply OLED in two lower lineups such as generic and premium models.

A previous rumor last month explained more about the BRS technology, explaining that the wiring technology could lead to overheated fears. Apple and its suppliers have reportedly solved this problem with new thermally controlled heat dissipation technologies.

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These reports do not provide any specific details about exactly How thin are the iPhone 16 Pro's edges? It is widely rumored that the iPhone 16 Pro models will have larger displays without a significant increase in the overall hardware footprint.

The iPhone 16 Pro is expected to feature a 6.3-inch display (up from 6.1 inches) and the iPhone 16 Pro Max will have a 6.9-inch display (up from 6.7 inches).

Notably, the rumored reduction in bezel sizes this year comes after the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max also introduced smaller bezels, as you can see in the image above.

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