Apple will super-size the screen of its iPhone with the release of two different devices that both have a significantly larger screen size compared to the current models.
Nikkei reports that the iPhone 6, which will be released in September, is being readied in 4.7in and 5.5in guises and that suppliers of the LCD panels are ready to accelerate production ahead of the release date later this year.
The LCD display will be similar to the one used in the iPhone 5S with multiple sources suggesting that the resolution is “significantly higher” than the current Retina display.
Mass production of the LCD panels is scheduled to start at some point in the April-June quarter at Sharp’s Kameyama plant, Japan Display’s Mobara factory as well as elsewhere, according to sources quoted by Nikkei.
The same articles states that manufacturers have started to create various other components for LCD drivers such as fingerprint sensors and chips.
Rumours that Apple is preparing to release a larger-screen version of the iPhone have been flying for some time as it currently trails the likes of Samsung, LG and HTC in terms of screen size.
The current iPhone 5S and 5C have a 4.5in screen and a Wall Street Journal article back in January stated that one model will have a screen size larger than the 5S and 5C whereas the other will come with a display greater than 5in, which both marry up with the latest rumour.
At the time it was stated that the smaller of the two was furthest along in its developments and the larger screen iPhone was still in preliminary development. The release date cycle for the iPhone makes it inevitable that the devices will hit stores in September and the larger screen sizes will give it more punch in the global smartphone market.