Sharp, one of Apple’s display partners is going to start manufacturing LCD panels for the next generation iPhone, dubbed iPhone 5S in June at its Kameyama Plant No. 1 in Japan, according to a report from Japanese newspaper Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun.
The report also notes that Japan Display and LG Display, Apple’s other display partners have already started mass production of LCD panels for the next iPhone.
Last month, Wall Street Journal had reported that Apple plans to start production of the next iPhone, dubbed iPhone 5S this quarter.
Earlier this year, there were speculations that Apple will launch the next generation iPhone later this summer, however that seems highly unlikely with the release of iOS 7 expected only in September or October.
There have also been reports that iPhone 5S launch has been delayed due to fingerprint sensor related issues. Apple is apparently finding it difficult to find the right color coating in order to prevent interference with the fingerprint sensor.
Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook has also revealed during last month’s earning call that the company is gearing up to launch “amazing new hardware, software and services later this fall, strongly indicating that the new iPhone will arrive in September or October.
Based on rumors we’ve heard so far, iPhone 5S will look similar to the iPhone 5, but will come with improved internals such as a faster processor, improved camera system (12-megapixel camera with improve night-shooting and HDR) and may also include new features such as the fingerprint sensor and NFC chip.