A mockup of the iPhone 5. (Photo : idealschina.com)
It looks like the rumors that have been currently swirling around the internet about an iPhone 5 release date coming soon might be true after all. One of Apple's iPhone screen suppliers, Sharp, announced that it would begin shipping iPhone 5 screens this month in August.
"Shipments will start in August," said Sharp President Takashi Okuda. The comments came during a press briefing in Tokyo on August 2 after the electronics company released its quarterly earnings.
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Sharp is one of three companies that supply Apple with screens for the iPhone. The other two are LG Display Co Ltd and Japan Display Inc. It is likely that if Sharp is shipping out screens, the other two are as well.
The anticipation and demand for the iPhone 5 has current iPhone consumers holding out for the new phone and one analyst even stating that sales of 80 million iPhone 5s are already guaranteed. If the smartphone is going to be released in the coming months, Apple will surely need all its suppliers firing on all cylinders soon to meet that demand.
Apple is expected to make a major announcement revealing a new line of products on September 12. The company will most likely reveal the iPhone 5, an iPad Mini, a new iPod Nano, and possibly also a new iPod Touch. Website iMore, which broke the story, says that the iPhone 5 will be release nine days later, on September 21. Other websites are playing it safe, saying that an October release is more likely.
The iPhone 5 promises to be the biggest redesign to the iPhone design in a couple years. It should come with a larger, 4-inch display and 4G LTE support. The iPhone 5 will also come with a smaller, 19-pin dock that will make most accessories that current iPhone users have incompatible. Apple's next smartphone will also support the new iOS 6, which Apple plans on releasing this fall, most likely along with the launches of the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini.