Sharp Set to Start LCD Panel Production for Next Gen iPhone

May 8, 2013, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Japanese consumer electronics company Sharp will start the manufacturing of LCD panels for the upcoming iPhone 5S (or is it the iPhone 6?) next month.

The folks at Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun newspaper have said that Sharp will produce the next-generation iPhone displays at its Kameyama Plant No. 1 in Japan.

Sharp is one of the primary display partners of Apple. Interestingly, Apple’s biggest competitor Samsung holds significant stake in Sharp.

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The newspaper also added that, apart from Sharp, Japan Display and LG Display are also engaged in the manufacturing of the iPhone 5S display. The Seoul-based LG Display is world’s largest LCD panel maker, while Japan Display distributes LCD panels for companies like Sony, Hitachi, and Toshiba.

All these reports confirm the report published in The Wall Street Journal, which suggested that iPhone 5S production would start in the second quarter of 2013.

Earlier rumors had suggested that production of the iPhone 5S would begin in March, but reportedly, Apple seems to be facing some production challenges.

Going by what MacRumors told us about KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s findings, the rumored fingerprint sensor in the iPhone 5S has caused delays.

The iPhone 5S is expected to be launched this fall. It is said that the iPhone 5S would have multiple color options along with an upgraded processor and camera. Also, there have been rumors about a budget iPhone5. Let’s patiently wait to hear more on that front.

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