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In the three months ended June 30, Sharp had an operating loss of 94.1 billion yen ($1.20 billion)

Japanese TV maker Sharp has confirmed that it will be shipping the screens for Apple's next-generation iPhone this month -- and it looks like Sharp could really use the business after posting its worst net loss in a long time.

Takashi Okuda, Sharp president, announced at a press briefing in Tokyo that the company would begin shipping the new iPhone screens in August. However, a more exact date in unclear at this point.

Apple's next-generation iPhone, which is rumored to be announced on September 12, will have a slightly updated design with a screen that measures 3.999 inches diagonally (which is about 30 percent larger than the current iPhone 4S). The screens being sent Apple's way will also have a thinner screen with in-cell technology, which was developed by Sharp. This feature means that touch sensors are placed within the LCD, eliminating the extra touchscreen layer that usually accompanies the LCD. This will cut about half a millimeter of screen thickness from the iPhone's current 9.3-millimeter thick total frame.

The new iPhone will also have a smaller 19-pin dock connector (as opposed to the usual 30-pin), a relocated headphone jack, centered camera, and a unibody casing with metal backplates. 

Hardware isn't the only aspect being updated, though. The new iPhone will have the latest Apple mobile operating system iOS 6 built in.

Sharp has a good thing going with its position as the screen maker for one of the world's most popular smartphones, but the truth is that Sharp isn't doing so well in other aspects of its company. Its decreased TV demand and overcapacity at its main liquid crystal display plant have both contributed to Sharp's poor first-quarter earnings.

In the three months ended June 30, Sharp had an operating loss of 94.1 billion yen ($1.20 billion). One year earlier, it had an operating profit of $3.5 billion yen. According to Reuters, the most recent earnings report is the worst net loss the company has had in a century.

It doesn't get any better, though. Sharp predicts a full-year operating loss of 100 billion yen, up from its previous forecast of 20 billion yen.

Source: Reuters

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By quiksilvr on 8/2/2012 1:59:22 PM , Rating: 5
JUST USE MICRO-USB! For fuck's sake...

By HolgerDK on 8/2/2012 2:34:40 PM , Rating: 2
Because Apple wants to be special.

By Solandri on 8/2/2012 8:02:46 PM , Rating: 2
They're required by EU law to allow charging via a microUSB cable. They're the only phone manufacturer which hasn't complied. Instead, they'll give an iPhone owner who asks an adapter which will let them charge their iPhone with a microUSB cable.

The reason for the extra connectors is for the additional data input/outputs on the iPhone. But other phones (e.g. the ones with hdmi out) get around this by having a microUSB charging port and a second data port. Apple is just being stubborn because it doesn't want two connectors on their phone.

By Boze on 8/3/2012 11:41:00 AM , Rating: 2
God forbid I want to charge my phone in my truck, my car, my home, my office, and my boat.

Instead of using the other seven microUSB chargers I have already from various other phones I've owned, you're suggesting that I either:

a) Lug around the iPhone charger to all those locations


b) Buy additional chargers for the following locations:

i) Office
ii) Car
iii) Truck
iv) Boat

Kindly go to Hell with Steve Jobs, thanks.

By retrospooty on 8/3/2012 2:39:38 PM , Rating: 2
Not to mention when you travel. Whether for work, or vacation, you can always borrow someone's micro USB charger, because every phone made on planet Earth in the past 4 years has a standard connector, except of course for that one maker.

The additional funtionality = useless to most people and could be handled in other ways for those that need it.

By SublimeSimplicity on 8/2/2012 3:02:45 PM , Rating: 5
If Apple started using micro USB, they'd immediately start suing everyone else for using it too.

By elleehswon on 8/2/2012 4:57:05 PM , Rating: 2
18 pins on one end.. 5 pin USB on the other end..


By Flunk on 8/3/2012 9:23:55 AM , Rating: 2
Powered USB 3.0 is 11 pins.

By testerguy on 8/3/2012 11:31:51 AM , Rating: 1
The USB adapter has reduced functionality.

Specifically, the ability to charge the phone.

It's not an equivalent connector.

By tng on 8/2/2012 6:04:24 PM , Rating: 2
So if you are a Apple fanboy and have to have the latest (and there are millions out there) suddenly the half dozen proprietary Apple cables you have will not work and you have to buy a bunch of new ones!

That is really a great scheme, since you will need just more than one shortly after you buy it and only Apple will have them in stock.

By michael2k on 8/2/2012 6:40:34 PM , Rating: 1
Because USB doesn't support analog audio, analog video, or sufficient power to currently charge an iPad?

Which this dock connector all needs in order to be used in conjunction with car stereos, entertainment centers, and yes, to charge the iPad?

By quiksilvr on 8/2/2012 7:24:22 PM , Rating: 2
....What?! USB provides 10W of charging power. Also, it works hand in hand with MHL, so you can connect to HDMI, which is 1080p and surround sound audio.

I don't even know what to make of your second sentence, but micro-USB works just fine streaming stereo audio and simultaneous charging via a dock with no problem.

By theapparition on 8/2/2012 8:28:03 PM , Rating: 2
The USB standard for computer ports increased the spec to 900mA for USB3. 4.5W is the max draw if connected to a computer USB3 port.

However, the USB battery charge spec (those 110VAC/USB adapters) allows up to 5A. That's 25W. Easily enough to charge the iPad in a timely fashion. Even the computer port will charge it, it will just take 5 times longer.

So that argument is a strawman.

Now I understand exactly your position on the analog portions of the streams. But that seems redundant since they already have an analog audio/video output in the form of the headphone jack. Which, conveniently, has been moved to the bottom of the phone. While some legacy devices certainly could have issues, let's face it.....they are already changing everything and certainly there are others that will have issues. You'll already need an adapter cable to interface, so why not one that standardizes around a universally accepted one and adds D/A conversion.

This would also address one of the iPod/iPhone/iPads complaints. Horrible audio quality. By allowing only the digital stream, this allows thier device manufactures to differentiate their products by using better decoders.

By momorere on 8/3/2012 8:11:43 AM , Rating: 2
Last week a new revision was made to the USB spec that allows up to 100w through both USB 2/3 withe new beefier cables.

By michael2k on 8/3/2012 5:09:47 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, so Apple is expected to change their product now a month before sale because of a specification that got released about a couple quarters too late?

By momorere on 8/3/2012 6:20:48 PM , Rating: 2
Who said anything about Apple ? I know that I didn't. The world doesn't revolve around them. I've heard of beer goggles before but not Apple goggles until you started posting. I simply stated that a revision was made to increase the wattage that the USB spec can deliver.

By michael2k on 8/5/2012 10:09:16 PM , Rating: 2
This entire thread is about why Apple isn't adopting USB.

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