Sharp to Start Making LCD Panels for iPhone 5S; Next-Gen iPhone will have Fingerprint Sensor

Sharp Corporation was reported to start the production of the LCD panels to be used for the new iPhone 5S coming out in the third quarter, according to a report from Nikkan Kogyo Shinbun of Japan.

The LCD manufacturer will use their Kameyama Plant No. 1 for the production of these panels. This plant has the capacity to produce more or less 600 million units per month but it has never been used in its full capacity due to the decline in business of Sharp.

Slow flow of cash has been a big concern of the Japan-based company. This pushed them to take investments from other suppliers Samsung Electronics and Foxconn. Samsung is the biggest stakeholder of Sharp Corporation.

 iPhone 5S Fingerprint Sensor

Sharp is not the sole company to manufacture the LCD displays, Japan Display – a combined division of LG, Hitachi, Toshiba and Sony also received orders from Apple Inc. LG Display is currently the biggest LCD manufacturer in the world based in Seoul, South Korea.

There are no physical changes of the LCD panels for the iPhone 5S, it will just be identical with the earlier iPhone 5. The next generation iPhone will feature a fingerprint sensor, will run on iOS 7, and a much faster A7 processor.

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, there could possibly be delays with the iPhone 5S release due to the development of the fingerprint sensors and the reportedly delayed development of the iOS 7.

(via: gizmag)