iPod maker Apple Inc. has been reported to be teaming up with Japanese electronics giants Sony and Hitachi to produce 4-inch touchscreen displays for a new iOS device that is set to be released next year.
According to Japanese news site Macotakara.com, the two companies have done shipping the new LCD displays to Apple Inc. The site cites “sources within Apple’s Far Eastern supply chain” as the news source.
If these reports are true, it would be a step further to confirming that a new iOS device, possibly the iPhone 5 or 6, will sport a 4-inch display, which was expected by most people to be introduced in the release of the iPhone 4S.
Also, Sharp Corp. was reportedly tapped by Apple Inc. to manufacture the displays of Apple TVs (or iTVs). The website added that Sharp will also make displays for the next-generation iPhone and iPad. The displays will support Sharp’s production capacity for IGZO LCD panels, which will allow both iPad and iPhone to have improved battery performance and thinner designs.
“The IGZO (indium, gallium, zinc) technology is perfect in that it offers near-OLED power consumption while having a lower cost and thinness that is only 25 percent greater than OLED, based on our checks,” said Peter Misek an analyst from Jeffries.
All of the above remain unconfirmed and should only be considered speculation until a statement from the company is released.
via: Apple Insider