Is Apple Supersizing the Next iPhone’s Display?
Rumors of the next-generation iPhone getting a larger screen may be more than just that after buzz from Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) suppliers again pointed to the possibility. Apple is said to be working with more than one screen manufacturer, including South Korea’s LG Display, Japan’s Sharp, and Japan Display, a merger between three Japanese companies that was brokered by the country’s government, the Wall Street Journal reported.
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The new iPhone screens will measure at least 4 inches from corner to corner, up from the 3.5-inch screen that Apple has stuck with since its first iPhone back in 2007.
It has been long presumed that Apple will have to move to a bigger screen for its flagship phone to match those made by Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android-based competitors. Samsung’s top-of-the line Galaxy smartphone has a 4.8-inch touch screen. Worldwide shipments of Galaxy phones had beaten those of the iPhone in the first quarter. HTC also has models with screens larger than 4 inches.
Production of the new iPhone screens is expected to grow in momentum next month, which would be in time for a phone launch in early fall. The iPhone 4S was released in October last year.
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