New Report Says Some iPhone 16 Models to Boast Even Thinner Bezels

New Report Says Some iPhone 16 Models to Boast Even Thinner Bezels

Some iPhone 16 models will feature thinner bezels thanks to Border Reduction Structure (BRS) technology, according to a report from The Elec.

The iPhone 16 series OLED applies BRS (Border Reduction Structure) technology to thin the bottom bezel. To implement a thin bezel, the circuits under the bezel must be placed more tightly and some wiring must be bent downward, which increases the technical difficulty. It is known that no company has stably secured the iPhone OLED production yield to the level desired by Apple.

By rolling up the copper wiring at the bottom of the display panel, BRS technology enables the creation of a more compact and efficient layout of the screen’s underlying circuitry, enabling slimmer bezels. The technology requires precise and advanced manufacturing techniques, due to the complexity of tighter circuit placement and the need for bending some wiring downwards beneath the bezel.

It’s been reported that Apple had intended to use the same technology in the iPhone 15 lineup but decided against it due to heat concerns. Apple has apparently been able to bypass those issues thanks to improvements in heat dissipation technology.

It is not clear whether the slimmer bezel technology will be used in the standard ‌iPhone 16‌ models, the iPhone 16 Pro and ‌iPhone 16 Pro‌ Max, or both. It is likely to first make an appearance in the ‌iPhone 16 Pro‌ models since these devices are expected to see display size increases from 6.1- to 6.3 inches and 6.7- to 6.9 inches, without resulting in a substantial increase in overall size.