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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 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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