The iPhone 5 sold 5 million units in its first weekend on sale, so it’s no surprise that Retina Display manufacturer Sharp couldn’t make the screen fast enough to supply Apple.
According to Reuters, Sharp, as one of the main suppliers of the iPhone 5’s 4-inch IPS screen, may be partly to blame for supply not meeting demand after the new iPhone launched. However, a company exec has admitted the Japanese display giant is now making "adequate volumes".
Interestingly, Korea’s LG and Japan Display (comprising Sony, Hitachi and Toshiba), are reported to provide the remainder of the iPhone 5’s display supply. Part of the lack of volume could be down to the relatively new in-cell manufacturing process use to make the screen thinner than a traditional smartphone display (and helping the new iPhone to be the thinnest smartphone in the world).
If we have any complaint about the iPhone 5’s screen, it’s that it still does not offer a HD Ready resolution, as every other top-end smartphone does. Read about this and other complaints in our iPhone 5 Features We Love and Hate piece.
In addition to its 4-inch 1136 x 640p Retina display, up from the previous 3.5-inch offering, the iPhone 5 offers a new A6 processor, 1GB or RAM, a revised 8-megpiaxel rear-mounted camera with 1080p Full HD video recording and a front-facing camera that offers 720p video capture.