APPLE REPORTEDLY will begin production of its next generation iPhone next month, ahead of its rumoured September launch.
That's according to Reuters, which reports that production of a 4.7in screen for the iPhone 6 will kick off in May. According to new service's anonymous sources, Apple has contracted three firms to produce the displays - Japan Display, Sharp and LG Display.
Apple reportedly is also planning a 5.5in iPhone 6, but production of that model has been pushed back due to problems with "in-cell production technology".
The report says, "Both iPhone 6 screens are expected to use in-cell touch panel technology - built into the screen and allowing for thinner construction than with standard touch panel films - that was introduced with the iPhone 5.
"But due to difficulties with in-cell production technology for the larger 5.5-inch size, one of the sources said, a decision was made to begin mass production with the 4.7-inch version alone."
Although they are delayed, it's thought that the 5.5in screens will also be ready in September, all but confirming that Apple, much like it did with the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S, is planning to release two iPhone 6 models later this year, as previous rumours suggested.
Apple, of course, declined to comment on the rumours.
Beyond the rumoured screen sizes, we don't know much else yet about the mooted iPhone 6. However, speculation has already suggested that the iPhone 6 models will be thinner than the iPhone 5S at 7.6mm thick, and apparently will feature an upgraded processor, iOS 8 and an improved 13MP camera.
Check out our iPhone 6 release date, specs, price and features roundup. µ
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