Apple’s suppliers in Japan and South Korea received orders from the U.S.-based maker of the iPhone for a new, larger display to be installed in the future version of the gadget.
The new screen will measure 4-inches, according to sources close to the matter. This would mean that, if Apple reshapes all the other parts of the phone proportionally, the new model could be about 30 percent larger.
Korea’s LG Display Co Ltd, Sharp Corp and Japan Display Inc. have already started to prepare the production of the new screens. Orders from Apple may be placed soon, which means that the new iPhone could enter production as soon as August.
Apple’s new initiative is most probably a response to South Korea’s Samsung, which launched the new Galaxy smartphone featuring a 4.8-inch touch-screen and a faster processor this month.
“Not only do users pay for features, but they also pay for aesthetics and design. That’s as important, or more important, than features,” said an analyst quoted by Reuters. “People love the current design — but it’s 18 months old.”