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Apple readies iPhone with larger screen - sources

2012-05-16 15:55

Tokyo - Apple Inc plans to use a larger screen on the next-generation iPhone and has begun to place orders for the new displays from suppliers in South Korea and Japan, people familiar with the situation said on Wednesday.

Early production of the new screens has begun at three suppliers: Korea's LG Display, Sharp Corp and Japan Display Inc, a Japanese government-brokered merger combining the screen production of three companies.

The new iPhone screens will measure 4 inches from corner to corner, one of the sources said.

It is likely all three of the screen suppliers will get production orders from Apple, which could begin as soon as June. That would allow the new iPhone to go into production as soon as August if the company follows its own precedent in moving from orders for prototypes for key components to launch.

Apple's decision to equip the next iPhone with a larger screen represents part of its competitive response to Samsung Electronics. Samsung unveiled its top-of-the line Galaxy smartphone with a 4.8-inch touchscreen and a faster processor earlier this month.

Samsung, which this year became the world's largest cellphone maker, sold 45 million smartphones in the first quarter and sales of the Galaxy phones outstripped the iPhone.

Apple was not immediately available to comment.

Apple's move toward a larger display for the next generation iPhone was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

Comments
  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-16 16:09

    This would be a good decision.

  • Mashudu - 2012-05-16 16:18

    APPLE IS THE BEST.

  • Jerzy - 2012-05-16 16:20

    Samsung's new s3 is already at 4.8" so its not such a good decision.

  • tinush - 2012-05-16 16:20

    meh! more people are going for the cheaper better performing galaxy these days (including myself) Only fanboys buys apple!!!

      Tony Lapson - 2012-05-16 17:49

      Careful, apple fanboys/girls(Irene) can be very defensive about their favorite product. They(she) will probably call you poor/subhuman.

      ben.nel2 - 2012-05-16 18:04

      Tony, did you see what slymsloot looks like?

      gideon.keyser - 2012-05-16 19:31

      they only buy apple for the name. I bought my galaxy s2 for the performance and better price

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-16 20:47

      It's a lot more than the name.

      John - 2012-05-17 06:27

      @gideon.keyser, no I buy the Iphone because iOS is still the better mobile software out there, I have had a samsung before and I must say the Android OS is the most irritating and bug-ridden peace of software I have ever come across

  • Saffa in Asia - 2012-05-16 23:40

    I own an iPhone and a HTC, my friends here in Asia all have the Samsung. Quality rating.... 1. Apple 2. HTC and a distant 3rd Samsung. If you want a phone that will last go for an Apple, the Samsung looks and feels like it is made of cheap tupperware plastic and if you read the reviews on the new S3 you will see the one major criticism is the build quality. One of my friends teaches English to executives from Samsung and they all told him, don't buy a Samsung they are not built to last. I can understand that, since the average Korean doesn't keep their phone for much more than 6 - 9 months before changing.

  • johngore360 - 2012-05-17 07:35

    "@gideon.keyser, no I buy the Iphone because iOS is still the better mobile software out there, I have had a samsung before and I must say the Android OS is the most irritating and bug-ridden peace of software I have ever come across" +1

  • Michael Dire - 2012-05-17 07:50

    I bought iPhone4 2yrs ago ( gave 4s a pass) and there's been a whole lot of junk phones released on the market since, but I'm patiently waiting for something other than mediocrity... that's the next iPhone. It's clear that iPhone haters have never owned one & they settle for the next best thing.

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-05-17 09:12

    You can buy a BMW (Samsung) on hp or you can afford a porsche (apple) both fast both German. But one is wanna be and the other is the best.

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