LG Starts Production On New Smartphone Screens Ahead of iPhone Launch Date

LG Starts Production On New Smartphone Screens Ahead of iPhone Launch Date

Longtime supplier of smartphone panels to Apple, LG Display, has begun producing a new, thinner display that is thought to be for use in the upcoming iPhone 5 from Apple. The production schedule is in line with the rumored September 12th announcement of the new iPhone model.

“We just began mass production and we don’t expect any disruption in supplies,” said Han Sang-beom, chief executive of LG Display, a Korean-based company. “We had some hard times (in developing the new in-cell technology) at first…but it seems those hard times have finally ended.”

According to Reuters and The Wall Street Journal, the panels for the new phone will be 30 percent larger than current iPhones, measuring four inches corner to corner.

LG Display isn’t the only company planning to ship these new screens. Japan’s Sharp Corp, an LCD maker, and Display Inc, a newcomer to the panel supply scene, are also currently making panels with the new technology, which integrates the touch sensitivity features directly into the LCD itself.

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