The rumor mill for Apple's new iPhone is starting up again. Besides a possible 4.6-inch display with a higher screen resolution, the new iPhone will supposedly be launched within Q2 2012.
An unnamed industry source spoke to Maeil Business Newspaper, stating that Apple has opted for a larger 4.6-inch display and has started placing orders with its suppliers. As of now, the supplier for its new iPhone hasn't been named.
However, two possible companies do come to mind. The first is LG, which has been the display supplier for Apple's previous generation iPads and its iPhones. Another potential supplier is Samsung, which is equipping Apple's latest iPad with its 9.7-inch and 2,048 x 1,536 pixels screen. Samsung is also tasked to manufacture Apple's new A5X dual-core processor.
Ironically, both Apple and Samsung are embroiled in a series of patent lawsuits over its smartphones and tablets, and it's not certain if the relationship between the American and Korean company will turn for the better or worse over the next few months. Further to that, Samsung is preparing for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S III, and one of its key features for its Galaxy S series has been its display technology.
While Apple chose to go with Samsung because LG and Sharp were't able to meet their quality requirements for the new iPad, the requirements for the new iPhone could be different. Should that be the case, it's highly likely that Apple will diversify its display suppliers and rely less on Samsung's technology.
With the expected Q2 launch, we might see the new iPhone announced at Apple's annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in June.