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 Apple€™s 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.

€œWhat€™s important, the resolution ratio of iPhone 5 glass lens is around 16:9, which will be a big change for iPhone,€ a blog post on ETradeSupply€™s site said. From all the above personal analysis of iPhone 5 glass lens, we can conclude that Apple has adapted several details on the design of the glass lens. Whether this iPhone 5 glass lens will come out on the final Apple iPhone 5, let€™s just wait until the release date.€

Finally, rumors continue to surface about the official launch date, which is expected to fall somewhere between September and October, although the most recent rumors suggest Apple is planning to release the phone during a special media event Sept. 12. The Mac-centric iMore blog quoted unnamed sources €œwho have proven accurate in the past€ that said the iPhone 5€”along with a smaller version of the iPad tablet, dubbed the iPad mini€”would debut that day, with the release of the new iPhone following nine days later on Sept. 21.

The stakes are high for Apple as Android competitors continue to gain ground and sales of the current iPhone 4S take a dip. However, a recent survey by ChangeWave suggests consumer anticipation is running €œstrikingly€ high, with 14 percent of the more than 4,000 consumers surveyed saying they were €œvery likely€ to purchase an iPhone 5 when it debuts, and 17 percent of respondents said they were €œsomewhat likely€ to purchase the smartphone.