iPhone 5 Rumor Roundup: Shipments and Screen Sizes
The president of Sharp lets slip that the screens for the new iPhone will ship this month, and video of the front glass panel is leaked.While the main focus on Apple this week has been the patent dispute with Samsung, there have also been some fresh rumors and information about the latest iteration of Apples eagerly awaited iPhone smartphone, unofficially dubbed the iPhone 5, including comments from the president of electronics manufacturer Sharp, Takashi Okuda, who let slip that the company is preparing to ship the screens for the iPhone handset this month. The iPhone screen, which is reportedly enlarged to a 4-inch display from the current 3.5-inch display, is expected to be a major feature on the new iPhone, helping Apple compete better with other smartphones with larger screens, like the Google Android-powered Samsung Galaxy S III, which sports a 4.8-inch display and has proven to be a big hit with consumers.
Leaked photos and video posted by parts supplier ETradeSupply purportedly show the front glass panel of the new iPhone, which measured out at 4.065-inches diagonally and was 0.1mm thinner than the previous screen, with improved scratch resistance and a reconfiguration of the proximity sensor hole, camera lens hole and receiver hole. An analysis of the glass also suggested the transmittance (the fraction of incident light that passes through the glass of the camera lens has also been improved.