Sharp will be one of three Retina display suppliers for Apple’s iPhone 5S, according to a Japanese newspaper. The publication also notes that two other LCD screen makers are already mass producing the panels.Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun reports that Sharp, LG Display, and Japan Display will be the suppliers of Retina screens destined for the next-generation iPhone – dubbed “iPhone 5S” by the media.
Notably, LG Display and Japan Display are already mass producing the screens, according to the newspaper.
Various reports have said Apple plans to unveil its next-generation iPhone in the fall timeframe, and comments made by the company’s CEO fell in line with those rumors.
“Our teams are hard at work on some amazing new hardware and services we can’t wait introduce this fall and throughout 2014,” said Tim Cook at his company’s latest earnings call.
“I don’t want to be more specific, but I’m just saying we’ve got some really great stuff coming in the fall and all across 2014,” he noted.
Apple has at least one more pitstop before its autumn event – the Worldwide Developers Conference in June.
Some still hope that the Cupertino giant will launch its new iPhone at the developer-centric event. However, the conference is generally reserved for software announcements, and this year shouldn’t be any different.
The iPhone 5S is expected to look identical to the iPhone 5, but some rumors say it will have a fingerprint sensor on, or around its Home button.
The hardware would not only make the phone more secure but it would also turn it into a payments processor, allowing Apple to leverage the hundreds of millions of iTunes accounts with credit cards on file.
The iPhone 6 is not expected to launch until 2014, when Apple will most likely change the design of the smartphone, adding a bigger screen, among other enhancements.