Sharp to start LCD production for the Apple iPhone 5S next month

Sharp to start LCD production for the Apple iPhone 5S next month
A report in Tuesday's Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, a daily Japanese newspaper, says that Sharp will be using its Kameyama Plant No. 1 to produce displays for the Apple iPhone 5S starting next month. That particular plant, with maximum capacity of 600 million units a month, was underutilized last year with the plant running at only 40% of capacity.

Other companies in the region are said to be already mass producing the screens for the phone. Those companies include Japan Display, which is a company made up of the display producing capabilities of Sony, Hitachi and Toshiba, and LG Display. In the meantime, Sharp's performance over the last few years can be described as "faltering" which has forced the once mighty Japanese electronics firm to seek cash infusions from companies like Foxconn and Samsung.

The Apple iPhone 5S is expected to keep the same 4 inch display as on the iPhone 5 but will add a fingerprint sensor, a faster A7 processor and have iOS 7 pre-installed. Rumored problems with the fingerprint sensor are said to be the main reason for a delay in the release of the phone. Also expected out later this year is a low-cost version of Apple's iconic smartphone to be produced for emerging markets like China and India. On Monday, parts supplier ETrade said that it had received word that such a device is planned for launch sometime this year.

source: NikkanKogyoShimbun (translated) via AppleInsider

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13 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31538; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Apple you owe us at least 4.5 minimum, and it should be bigger than that. I for one am not buying an iPhone 5 rehashed.

4. tedkord

Posts: 17456; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Hey, DJ. I tried the ATT Galaxy S4 today. It was OK. No lag or stutter. But I'm still gonna wait and see what the Note 3 brings. It just didn't feel like enough of an upgrade over my s3. (But the screen was gorgeous)

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31538; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I think the screen is unbelievable Ted. Thanx for the response bro, the 32 gig s4 goes on sale Friday.

5. YouGotTrolledSon

Posts: 41; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

it's such a shame that Apple's iPhone 5s certainly won't have that 4.5 inches display. Maybe in iPhone 6 but definitely not iPhone 5s. I guess it's time to move on. Welcome to Android world where you can have whatever you want. :)

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31538; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'm already part of that world bro. You're rite tho

7. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Yet Apple will never grow another inch or 5" say to least

2. davenycept

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

IPhone 5iv

3. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Yes it will be the same iP5s with: 720P Higher Ppi Maybe a true A15 Cpu 4xPvr543 1800Mah 12, or 13Mp Let's no wait and see™ Will be selling mine for the new one. But how the hell can, will you tell the difference of il5, ip5s, what a joke©

6. joey18

Posts: 673; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

for me is not the screen size my last gs3 nice firts days but after poor battery laggy slow data so i sold then iget the iphone 5 more than one year no problems i know is boring ui but is not phone big or small bcs after than one month the phone get boring and you wan to go back for your last phone

8. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

i wish there were factories like this in the US. its so frustrating

13. tedkord

Posts: 17456; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Didn't I read that Samsung was opening a cpu factory somewhere in the US? And Apple are assembling some Macbooks here as well? Its a start.

11. taikucing unregistered

I'm curious with IGZO display

12. tedkord

Posts: 17456; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

An alternate headline could be, "Sharp restarting iPhone 5 LCD display production for iPhone 5s."

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