Apple is to release its newest iPhone in September, with higher resolution and bigger screens, a report said today, its latest salvo in the smartphone wars where it has lost global market share to rivals such as Samsung.
The new handset, expected to be called the iPhone 6, is to come in two versions with a 4.7- or 5.5-inch screen, both
bigger than the current four-inch panel, the respected Nikkei business daily said, without citing sources.
US-based Apple is ordering its higher-resolution liquid crystal display screens from Japanese electronics giant Sharp,
Japan Display and South Korea’s LG Display, it added. Apple released the iPhone 5 in September 2012 and newer
versions in the series last year.
A Japan-based spokesman for the California tech giant could not be immediately reached for comment on the Nikkei
report, which was widely picked up by a string of technology news websites.
The Nikkei story comes after Taiwan’s Commercial Times said this month that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. had started producing chips for the next iPhone.
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That news fed rumours that Apple is reducing its reliance for parts on South Korean giant Samsung, its main competitor in the mobile phone market and a bitter rival with which it is contesting several copyright court battles globally.
Samsung in February unveiled its new flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone armed with a fingerprint scanner and a built-in
heart rate sensor, as it tries to cement its leadership of the multibillion-dollar market.
A survey by International Data Corporation (IDC) last month said Google’s Android system — used by Samsung among
others — extended its gains over Apple’s iPhone in the last quarter of 2013, and Windows Phone grabbed the number three market position. But other challengers are moving up the ranks with Taiwan’s HTC Corp. having launched an update of its HTC One smartphone while Sony has seen strong sales of its Xperia offering.
Global shipments of smartphones last year topped a billion for the first time, up 38.4 per cent from the 725.3
million shipped in 2012.