iPhone 5 Screens to Start Shipping to Apple: Sharp
Sharp's president says screens for the new iPhone are to start shipping this month, but offers no other details.As anticipation builds for the impending release of Apples latest iteration of the popular iPhone smartphone, generally referred to as the iPhone 5, electronics manufacturer Sharp let slip that the company is preparing to ship the screens for the handset this month, Reuters reported. Sharp president Takashi Okuda revealed the information during a Tokyo press conference concerning the companys quarterly earnings report. "Shipments will start in August," Okuda was reported as saying, without elaborating on specific dates. The latest iPhones enlarged screen is the subject of much speculation, with rumors suggesting the screen will be bumped up to 4 inches from the current 3.5-inch screen found on every model of the iPhone since its debut in 2007. As competitors like Samsung debut new Google Android smartphones with increasingly large displaysSamsungs Galaxy S III boasts a 4.8-inch a high definition (HD) display with a 1280x720-pixel resolutionApple needs to wow consumers with the new iPhone, which is expected to be released at a special press event Sept. 12.
Aside from a larger screen and thinner body, the new iPhone is expected to offer a host of updated features, including the latest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 6, announced during the companys Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in June. The handset is likely to offer other enhanced features to better compete with Android smartphones, such as Long-Term Evolution (LTE), near-field communication (NFC) capabilities and a faster quad-core processor.