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Apple supplier fuels rumours of iPhone 5 USB cable

An Apple supplier has fuelled rumours that the release of the new iPhone is imminent by announcing it has begun mass production of a new, thinner display for a mystery customer.

Flat-screen maker LG Display said production of the screens, widely speculated for use in the next incarnation of Apple’s iconic smartphone, remains in line with customers’ product release plans.

‘We just began mass production and we don’t expect any disruption in supplies,’ Han Sang-beom, chief executive of LG Display, a panel supplier for Apple products, told reporters in South Korea last night.

Mr Han made no mention of who the customer could be. His announcement came as a photo apparently showing a charge and sync cable for the new iPhone emerged online.

Apple is planning a major product launch on September 12, stoking speculation that the world’s most valuable technology company will unveil its eagerly awaited redesigned iPhone.

The company is rumoured to be equipping the next iPhone with a larger screen after Samsung Electronics unveiled its latest Galaxy smartphone with a 4.8-inch touch-screen.

Sources have said that the panels for the new iPhone will be 4in corner to corner – 30 per cent bigger than current iPhones.

The iPhone screens will also be thinner than previous versions with the use of so-called in-cell panels which embed touch sensors into the liquid crystal display, eliminating the touch-screen layer found in current iPhones.

iPhone 5 USB cable

Is this the new iPhone cable? This image purporting to show the new gadget’s lead was leaked on Twitter by Veister, a charger making company

There was an outcry when it was revealed that the next iPhone would get a new docking port connector.

The newer, slimline port means that thousands of current Apple accessories will need a potentially clunky adapter to work with the ‘iPhone 5′ – or their devices will become unusable.

Leaks from the website iMore, which has strong sources ‘close to Apple’, earlier this month suggested the entire next generation of iDevices, including the iPod Nano, iPod Touch, iPad Mini and future versions of the iPad, will use the new port.

The site believes a special connector will be released to connect older accessories – such as docking stations and speakers – to newer versions of the range.

The ‘nano-SIM’ slot, containing the SIM card which connects a phone to the carrier network, has also been redesigned to be thinner, although this will be unlikely to cause much disruption to users as networks will provide replacements SIMs if necessary.


  • Screens for the new iPhone will be thinner thanks to so-called in-cell panels which embed sensors into the display
  • Pundits warn that the new technology could cause delays in production if they prove more difficult to make
  • New image purporting to show cable for the new iPhone also leaked by Chinese mobile phone accessories firm
  • Apple expected to unveil phone on September 12th, followed by UK launch in early October