Monday, May 19, 2014, 06:14 am PT (09:14 am ET)
Rumor: Apple taps Innolux to fill orders for 4.7" 'iPhone 6' displaysTaiwanese LCD manufacturer Innolux has beaten out rivals Sharp and Samsung in the race to supply 4.7-inch displays for Apple's next-generation iPhone, a Monday report said.
"iPhone 6" and "iPhone 6c" concepts by Martin Hajek.
What to expect:
'iPhone 6' rumors
- Larger screen, thinner design
- Two new sizes: 4.7" & 5.5"
- Faster next-gen 'A8' CPU
- Fall 2014 launch
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Innolux is thought to have benefitted from Apple's reluctance to expand its reliance on South Korean conglomerate Samsung. The two companies find themselves increasingly at odds — both in the marketplace and in the courtroom — even as Samsung supplies a number of critical parts for Apple, most notably as the fabricator of the A-series processors inside the iPhone and iPad.
Sharp, meanwhile, is believed to have been dismissed after quality issues arose during preliminary test runs. That would represent the second time Apple shunned Sharp this year, after the Japanese company was reportedly ousted from the iPad mini supply chain in March.
There was no word on who Apple would turn to for panels in its rumored larger, 5.5-inch "phablet" iPhone. That device is expected to be release late this fall, possibly months after its smaller sibling.
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