The world’s blogs have erupted following a Reuters report that Sharp is sending screens to Apple this month.
Everyone seems to think these screens are specifically for Apple’s iPhone 5, its sixth-generation smartphone that iFans the world over are eagerly awaiting, despite the rumoured Sept 12 launch still 5 to 6 weeks away, and actual shipments to come just over a week thereafter – if not in October as with last year’s iPhone model.
Reuters’ report says the screens are destined “for a new Apple iPhone”, with this apparently being “widely known” - but this statement is never actually attributed to anyone from Sharp, with the only quote that we get being that “Shipments will start in August”!
So, are these screens for the iPhone 5? The iPod Touch 5? iPod nanos? iPad minis?
Interestingly, BGR took a different tack, suggesting Sharp’s announcement was a way for the company to “distract” from an earnings report that wasn’t as sharp as analysts might have expected.
We also learn, again, that Apple not only uses Sharp, but LG and “Japan Display Inc”, thus giving Apple three screen suppliers to ensure that tens of millions of iPhones – let alone other iDevices – can be made without a lack of screens being any kind of issue.
We also get the rehash that these screens are four-inches diagonally, corner to corner, and that they’re expected to have “in-cell” touch technology that eliminates what was once a previous touch layer, thus presumably allowing Apple to ensure its iPhone 5 is its thinnest yet.
So… the rumour mill continues along with facts like the one above that quotes Sharp saying “Shipments will start in August”, and if they ARE for the iPhone 5, that completely rules out the previous August 7 launch rumour, putting September firmly back in the driver’s seat as the launch month all iFans are hoping is real.