The next gen iPhone could be home to a curved display cover, speculation suggests, as rumours continue to fly about Apple’s plans for the handset.
According to supply chain sources cited by Digitimes, Apple has ordered up to 300 glass cutting machines for its glass suppliers to use to cut the displays into a curved shape. This is reportedly because Cupertino’s manufacturing partners were reluctant to shoulder the burden of investing in the cutters themselves.
News of the mooted change to the iPhone design comes amid mounting speculation that Apple will shun its now traditional release date of June for the next version of its handset and launch it later in the year instead.
Dates deemed most likely for the arrival of the phone are September and November, with some analysts going so far as to forecast that it could even slip to next year.
The change of strategy is purportedly due in part to huge shortages of core smartphone components caused by the Japanese tsunami disaster.
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