Sharp's Apple iPhone displays behind schedule, report says


(CBS News) Uh oh. Apple fans may have to wait a little bit longer for the next iPhone, the highly-anticipated smartphone that many speculate will arrive in September.

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Japanese electronics company Sharp is behind schedule on the production of screens for Apple's next generation iPhone, according to a report by Reuters, citing sources "familiar with Sharp's production operations."

Analysts widely believe the next iPhone will be announced on September 12 and go on sale on September 21, which raises questions about if production setback will also delay the launch of the next iPhone.

It's worthy to note that Sharp is not Apple's only screen supplier. Japan Display and LG Display are also Apple suppliers, according to the Wall Street Journal. There are no known details of the latter companies' production schedules.

Earlier this month, Sharp president Takashi Okuda hinted at Apple's iPhone launch by stating that the screens' shipments would "start in August."

Several sources have reported that the new iPhone is said to have a larger display - going from 3.5-inches diagonally to 4-inches.

Rumors of a September 12 Apple event began circulating in July when the blog iMore reported that Apple will announce two products on that date. Citing "sources who have proven accurate in the past," the blog reported that Apple may also announce an iPad mini, along with the iPhone.