iPhone 5 expected September 2012?

iPhone 5 countdown: Sharp confirms it is about to start shipping screens for the new gadget

- New iPhone expected to be unveiled on September 12th
- Screen believed to be four inches corner to corner
- Will include major update to Apple’s iOS software

The countdown to Apple’s new iPhone continued today as the boss of Sharp Corp. said it will begin shipping screens for the new gadget within weeks.

(Credit: DailyMail)

The new phone, expected to be called simply the iPhone, is widely rumoured to be unveiled on September 12th at an event in San Francisco.

The handset is then expected to go on sale in October, in time for the lucrative Christmas shopping season.

‘Shipments will start in August,’ Sharp’s new president, Takashi Okuda, said at a press briefing in Tokyo on Thursday after the company released its latest quarterly earnings.

He declined to give a more specific date for shipments beyond this month.

Sharp, identified as a supplier by Apple last year, is one of three companies expected to build the screens for the latest Apple offering.

Sources earlier told Reuters that the panels will be 4 inches corner to corner – 30 percent bigger than current iPhones.

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