Apple has begun manufacturing on its eagerly awaited iPhone 5 handsets with new reports suggesting Sony has been working on display components for the next-generation Apple blower since February.
Preparing for the company’s trademark high demand and record opening day sales figures, Sony, a claimed component supplier for the iPhone 4S follow-on, is said to have been working on display panels for the long overdue iPhone 5 for a number of months with production to be ramped up at the end of this month.
With a late September, early October release repeatedly rumoured for the upcoming iPhone 5, the latest reports of Sony’s increased in-cell touch panel production would fit with the timeframe for the claimed Apple handset overhaul although details on the screen’s size remain scarce.
The latest reports, which come courtesy of Stone Wu, a senior analyst at IHS Displaybank, have failed to reveal if Sony will be the sole screen provider for the Apple iPhone 5, a move that would see Apple cut ties with current display manufacturer and bitter rival, Samsung.
Apple iPhone 5 Rumours
Said to be the last handset that Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs was actively involved in designing and masterminding, the iPhone 5 was originally expected to hit store last year before the shock arrival of the iPhone 4S saw it pushed back into 2012.
Sticking with the now standard upgrade pattern, Apple is expected to introduce a quad-core processor as well as improved camera optics and a new, slimmer, metal backed design for its sixth-generation pocket powerhouse.
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