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The cuts would reportedly be in addition to 1,000 jobs Sony already said it would eliminate in smartphone and tablet unit.
Tesla and Panasonic have reached an agreement on the so-called Gigafactory, a factory for building batteries for future Tesla electric cars.
Suppliers asked to make 70 million to 80 million handsets with bigger screens, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Apple owns a big chunk of LCD production at a Sharp facility. Now Sharp would like it back, thank you.
Speculating on what the 'iPhone 6' will look like is dicey and, as a consequence, highly debatable.
The Japanese company is devoting an entire plant to making screens for Apple, but according to a senior executive, that "presents a high level of volatility risk."
Echoing earlier reports, Bloomberg sources say the new models will sport screens measuring 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches, respectively.
Machine tool and component makers in Japan are seeing brisk orders as components for the next-generation iPhone go into production. But Japanese suppliers are also looking beyond Apple.
Asus is getting ready to market a 15.6-inch laptop with lots of horsepower and a 4K display. Should Apple be worried?
Sony sales surpassed Nintendo sales in fiscal 2013 thanks in part to the strength of the PS4, but also weaker sales of the Wii U.