Sharp’s new president, Takashi Okuda, said that his company will begin shipping iPhone displays starting this month, according to a report from Reuters. Okuda made the statement at a press event following the release of Sharp’s quarterly earnings report.
Sharp, Japan Display, and LG Display are the three likely suppliers for the next iPhone’s display.
This isn’t the first time that the big boss of an overseas Apple suppliers has waded into the speculation pool of unannounced Apple products. In June, Foxconn CEO Terry Gou said that the iPhone 5 “will put Samsung’s Galaxy S III to shame.” And Gou had previously said his company was making preparationsfor the iTV, Apple’s rumored television. Sharp will reportedly supply the displays for Apple’s TV set.
The current iPhone has a 3.5-inch display. The new iPhone display will also reportedly be manufactured using in-cell technology, which means it will be thinner, lighter and more power efficient than current displays.