With all of the excitement surrounding the Samsung Galaxy S4 launch this week across the US, some may have forgotten that Apple will inevitably be releasing a successor to the iPhone 5 later on in the year. The elusive iPhone ‘5S’ or ‘6’ has been very quiet on the rumor mill as of late, but we do have some new whispers to share with you regarding possible display production partners that Apple will be sending into action soon.
The idea of flexible display technology to be used on future Samsung phones is getting consumers very excited, but it looks like Apple are not ready for anything quite as adventurous for their next iPhone just yet. Instead, the company are expected to be using the same display screen for the iPhone 5S or iPhone 6, and a new report from Japan claims that Sharp will be one of the companies that Apple has asked to build displays for them.
Sharp is also the same company that are rumored to be making display screen technology for the elusive Apple HD TV, another product that seems to have completely disappeared off the rumor mill after strong rumors in 2011.
Japanese newspaper Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun has provided the information, adding that Sharp will also be assisted in display duties by LG and the Japan Display group, which comprises of Sony, Hitachi, Toshiba and the INCJ. Nikkan are claiming that Apple has already sent off their orders with the above companies, ahead of mass production on displays for the next iPhone that Apple want to begin in June.
If Apple are planning to keep the same display for the next iPhone, then obviously consumers will want to see significant upgrades elsewhere for them to even consider upgrading from the iPhone 5. Rumors have suggested that potential upgrades could involve the camera, the addition of a fingerprint sensor and of course support for iOS 7, which is expected to be unveiled at WWDC 2013 in June.
With this in mind, don’t be surprised if we do not see a new iPhone at Apple’s annual event next month. iOS 7 could be the best thing we’ll see, with a separate new iPhone event coming in September as we’ve seen in previous years.
Assuming that the rumors on an untouched display are true, what do you need to see from a new iPhone 5S or iPhone 6 to consider upgrading?