Japan’s Sharp Corp. said that they are supplying screens for Apple’s next iPhone, and will begin shipping them this month.

“Shipments will start in August,” Sharp’s new president, Takashi Okuda, said at a press briefing in Tokyo, according to Reuters. Sharp is one of three companies that are expected to build screens for Cupertino’s sixth generation handset.

Apple is expected to unveil the next iPhone at a Sept. 12 press event, with shipments of the new handset to consumers set to begin Sept. 21. LG Display Co. Ltd. and Japan Display Inc. are also expected to provide screens for the new iPhone.

Earlier, we reported that production has also started for screens for the so-called iPad mini, which is also expected to launch in September.

The next iPhone is expected to include a 4-inch display, which is 30 percent bigger than the current iPhone 4S model. It will likely also include so-called in-cell panels. This new technology embeds touch sensors into the handset’s liquid crystal display, thereby eliminating a touch-screen layer. In the process, the iPhone’s screen should be thinner than previous versions.

Keep coming back to AppAdvice for the latest news on the new iPhone, the iPad mini, and iOS 6.

Source: Reuters
Photo: iPhone mockup, CNET