With a release date tentatively slated for September, Apple suppliers are stocking up on materials now to begin mass producing the iPhone 6 in less than a month.
The screen will be the first part of the phone produced, and “Japan Display, Sharp, and LG Display have all been tapped to make the screens,” according to the Sydney Morning Herald. Unlike previous iPhone versions, the iPhone 6 will come with the option of a 4.7-inch screen or a 5.5-inch screen — significantly bigger than the 4-inch screens of the iPhone 5s and 5c. However, it has been reported that production will start only on the 4.7-inch screen in May, while work on the 5.5-inch screen could be delayed; it is still uncertain whether this delay will mean separate release dates for the two different models.
Why the Delay?
The reason for this delay is the difficulty that comes with producing the 5.5-inch screen with the in-cell technology feature. In-cell technology, which was introduced with the iPhone 5, places the touch panel within the actual screen, allowing for the frame of the phone to be significantly slimmer. It was a success with the iPhone 5, but because of the methods required to make these screens, it will take significantly longer to produce the 5.5-inch screens for the iPhone 6. The delay will last a few months, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, and if the process of producing the 5.5-inch screen with in-cell technology can’t be simplified in a reasonable amount of time, then the design might be altered to include film sensors instead.
Playing It Close to the Chest
With the iPhone screen getting larger over the past few models, it seems that Apple has been looking to catch up to Samsung and HTC in terms of smartphone screen size. The New York Post notes that while it’s a step in the right direction, it isn’t necessarily a step in a new direction. The article points out that “[Apple] is under increasing pressure to once again revolutionize the gadget industry” but so far has kept most of the secrets about what’s “new” in the iPhone 6 under wraps. In an interview with Forbes, Apple CEO Tim Cook dropped hints about working on “things that . . . you can’t see today” and “new product categories” for 2014, but it remains to be seen whether these promises will carry over to the iPhone family.
Screens have been a hot topic lately, and it seems that most brands are working overtime to take the lead in the display race; plans for two different screen models on the iPhone 6 is testament to that. Would you like to see Apple keep its iPhone screens the same size, or keep going bigger?
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