The South China Morning Post (SCMP) is reporting that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will release two new versions of the next-generation iPhone in September. One will have a 4.7-inch display and the other will be 5.5-inch. Both of the displays are believed to have sapphire screens. The SCMP cited industry insiders that have “seen the prototypes.”
Both phones will have a pixel density of 441 pixels per inch (ppi) compared to the 326 ppi that are in the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s displays. The SCMP also said that the phones will have a flat screen instead of the previously rumored curved displays. Apple will also discontinue the iPhone 5c in favor of an iPhone 5s that is made of lower cost materials.
Last week, there were reports that GT Advanced is working with Apple to open a plant in Mesa, Arizona that would mass produce sapphire displays. The volume of raw material and equipment that was purchased suggests that Apple is going to manufacture 200 million 5-inch sapphire displays though.
Other rumors suggest that the sapphire production would go towards the iWatch product instead of the iPhone though.