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  • 2 April 2014, 10:11

iPhone 6 'To Go Into Production Next Month'

Apple suppliers could begin manufacturing displays for the next iPhone as early as next month, according to supply chain sources.

The Reuters news agency cited unnamed insiders who say the next iteration of the smartphone will come in two sizes - both larger than the iPhone 5s.

A 4.7-inch is set to be the first off the production line in time for an autumn launch, followed by a 5.5-inch version.

The latest iPhone model's screen measures just four inches, and is significantly smaller than some other rival smartphones from the likes of Samsung.

Both of the new Apple devices are expected to continue to use the in-cell touch panel technology, which allows for a thinner phone.

But difficulties with the technology in larger displays prompted a decision to delay production of the 5.5-inch versions, the sources said.

Japan Display will reportedly be the first supplier to start production at its plant at Mobara, east of Tokyo, as early as May.

The others are due to begin output around June.