By Nancy Blair, USA TODAY
Anticipation is building for an expected September unveiling of Apple's newest iPhone. Reuters today is reporting that Sharp will start shipping screens for the new iPhone this month.
Reuters quotes Sharp president Takashi Okuda at a press briefing in Tokyo after Sharp released earnings Thursday. "Shipments will start in August," Okuda said. Sharp is one of three companies expected to build the screens, Reuters notes.
The new iPhone is expected to go on sale in October (some news outlets are reporting that the phone could launch as early as Sept. 21 after an Apple preview event on Sept. 12) , with a larger screen, faster-performing chip and zippier 4G performance. It will also almost certainly launch with iOS 6, the previously announced upgrade to Apple's mobile operating software, which the company has slated for a fall release. Among the promised enhancements: updates to the phone's maps and photo apps.
Apple's third-quarter earnings report reflected the notion that a wave of consumers may be holding off for the time being on buying new iPhones in anticipation of iPhone 5. The earnings fell short of Wall Street expectations. Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer noted then that weekly iPhone sales continue to be affected by "rumors and speculation of future products."