Sharp will begin production of LCD panels for the iPhone 5S in June. The handset is slated for a Q3/Q4 release, likely in the Fall.
Whether you're excited or not, it seems Apple is on schedule for a Fall release of their new iPhone, the 5S, if the production of parts are any indication. Japanese newspaper 'Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun' is reporting that Sharp, one of Apple's go-to suppliers for displays, will begin producing LCD panels in June at its plant in Japan. They also note that both LG and Japan Display have both already begun production of these panels themselves.
Rumors originally suggested that the iPhone 5S could be slated for a Summer release, but KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has reported that Apple was having issues with the fingerprint sensor that is apparently going to be included on the new handset, and it is because of this that the release date may have been pushed back into the Fall timeframe.
Along with the rumored fingerprint sensor, the iPhone 5S is expected to look the same as the iPhone 5 on the outside, but sporting an improved camera and better processor on the inside. Although this is expected and unsurprising, it's the software that will be announced at WWDC 2013 in June that will probably be the headline for this phone when it launches in Q3/Q4 of this year.