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iPhone 5 displays will ship this month, says Sharp chief

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(Read caption) Sharp president Takashi Okuda, pictured here, says his company will begin shipping iPhone 5 displays later this month.

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Sharp president Takashi Okuda says his company will begin shipping displays for the next Apple iPhone by the end of this month. 

According to Reuters, Okuda made the announcement at a press conference in Tokyo, where Sharp reps were discussing a quarterly earnings report. His comments have attracted a lot of interest in the tech press, and for good reason: While Apple rumors are a dime a dozen, most gossip comes from anonymous sources in the Apple supply chain – not the chiefs of multinational electronics giants. 

And the chiefs of multinational electronics giants rarely muff up the facts. So yes, the iPhone 5 will almost certainly launch this fall, perhaps as early as September. That would allow Apple to meet its yearly product refresh cycle, and put the iPhone 5 – or whatever the next Apple smartphone is called – on shelves just in time for the holiday shopping rush. (As we noted recently, the iPhone is still selling well, but not as well as some analysts had hoped.) 


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