Apple has not made any official announcements in relation to the launching of the next iPhone smartphone, but a new report in Japan claims the display production has already begun. The article was first published in Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, a reputed Japanese newspaper, to announce that Sharp will begin volume production in June.
Sharp’s Kameyama plant will be in charge of producing the main component of Apple’s next iPhone, the display. The rumor has not been confirmed by any of the two companies, but journalists working at Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun claim the information they have received from their sources is true. The plant will start operating in June, but analysts were unable to determine whether the next iPhone will be ready this year or the following one.
The Kameyama plant has never before worked at full capacity, but the production of the iPhone 5S display could increase the volume of work. The publication didn’t provide many details in relation to the technical specifications of the iPhone 5S display. Reporters only limited themselves to stating that the screen will be very similar to the one of the current model.
iPhone 5S may not be released before fall 2013 and analysts warn Apple that the delay could affect the company’s financial stability. Samsung has already launched the fourth generation of its Galaxy smartphone, so the Cupertino, California company has fallen a few steps behind the South Korean manufacturer losing market shares. Their warnings might have convinced Apple to start display production next month.
Sharp is not the only company in charge of Apple’s panel production. The company will join hands with other Japanese giant manufacturers including LG Display and Japan Display. The latter will take care of the responsibilities that were normally covered by Sony Mobile Display, Toshiba Mobile Display and Hitachi Displays. The report did not make any reference to LGD and Japan Display’s production schedules.