Sharp’s new president, Takashi Okuda, announced last Thursday that they will start shipping display for Apple’s next-generation iPhone this month. The announcement was made yesterday, during a press briefing for the company’s latest quarterly earnings. However, the president declined to give further details.
Prior to this, Sharp has already been identified as a likely supplier for the upcoming iPhone’s display. Last year, the company was also rumored to provide LCD screen for Apple’s portable devices because of its LCD display technology called the Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide. However, it was reported earlier this year that Sharp’s IGZO technology didn’t meet Apple’s standards for its new iPad with Retina Display.
On the other hand, the iPhone maker’s manufacturing partner, Foxconn, bought a 10 percent stake in Sharp, which costs $808 million. The news fueled the claims that both manufacturers are teaming up to secure orders for a rumored Apple TV.
Other than Sharp, it was also reported that LG Display Co. Ltd. and Japan Display Inc. will supply display for Apple’s next-generation iPhone.
What to Expect for the Next-Gen iPhone
Apple’s upcoming handset is expected to feature a taller 4-inch display, although it will retain the same width as the existing models. Additionally, AMOG reported yesterday that the next-generation iPhone will feature an 8-pin dock connector and enhanced Bluetooth 4.0.
There were also speculations that Apple’s next-generation iPhone will feature an in-cell touch panel technology, enabling the device’s touchscreen to be thinner and to have more flexible design. The new technology will embed sensors into the handset’s LCD, ditching the touchscreen layer found in current models.
Furthermore, it is expected that the upcoming handset will feature a quad-core processor, which is based on Samsung’s Exynos 4 architecture. In case the so-called “A6” will become a reality, it could heat up competition between quad-core-powered smartphones. As posted by DigiTimes earlier this month:
Competition for quad-core smartphones will heat up in the fourth quarter of 2012, triggering by the roll out of much-speculated new iPhone and models built based on Qualcomm’s quad-core chips, according to industry sources.
It is expected that Apple will hold an event on September 12 to unveil its next-generation iPhone. The announcement will be followed by the release of a redesigned new iPad, as well as the much-rumored iPad Mini. Additionally, the mobile phone is said to hit stores around October, just a year after the company released their iPhone 4S.