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Rumors suggest iPhone 5 will feature a 4-inch screen

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May 16, 2012

Movies and gaming on iPhone could benefit from a 4-inch screen  (Photo: Apple)

Movies and gaming on iPhone could benefit from a 4-inch screen (Photo: Apple)

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Apple is expected to unveil the next iPhone at its annual mobile keynote this year and as is the case with any high profile product launch, rumors about the device are beginning to materialize months before the event is scheduled to take place. Most recently, Wall Street Journal sources suggest that Apple intends to upsize the iPhone’s display from 3.5 to 4 inches.

The information comes from sources "familiar with the matter" who appear to have connections at screen manufacturers Sharp and LG. While this is far from official information, if true, it could mean that Apple is finally feeling the pressure from competitors like Samsung, whose 4.8-inch Galaxy SIII is one the most anticipated devices of the year.

If this information holds true, what does it mean for Apple? The iPhone has essentially defined the smartphone since its unveiling in 2007, leaving all other competitors to play catch-up. If Apple changes the iPhone’s screen size after five generations, does this mean that it is is responding to the fierce competition it faces from Android? According to MobiThinking, at the close of 2011 Android was powering 48 percent of the world’s smartphones, compared to Apple’s 19 percent. If Apple does decide to bump up the screen real estate with the next iPhone, it wouldn’t be the first time it has been influenced by its competitors. With iOS 5, Apple added the notification center, which bears a striking resemblance to Android’s pull-down notification bar.

Apple faces stiff competition from Samsung, whose phones feature much larger screens (Phot...
Apple faces stiff competition from Samsung, whose phones feature much larger screens (Photo: Samsung)

Many of the iPhone's competitors have already moved past 4 inches - the Galaxy Nexus, and the Nokia Lumia 900 both have screen sizes above 4 inches and have been well received by consumers and critics alike. Furthermore, devices like the Galaxy SIII have began to catch up with Apple’s brilliant retina display, offering a similar pixel density in a device that measures 4.8 inches diagonally.

With the track record of the voracious Apple rumor mill being somewhat hit and miss, only time will tell on this one.

Source: Wall Street Journal, MobiThinking

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"up to" a 4" screen? I've had more than that on my HTC HD7 for a year. . . and to be completely honest, I can't see the pixels on my screen anyway so that's a moot point to me.

Come on Apple. . . This is what you do. . . leapfrog. 4" isn't anything "leapfroggish" . . .

socalboomer
16th May, 2012 @ 12:41 pm PDT

Are Iphones even 100% Java compatible?

Darthbatman
16th May, 2012 @ 01:58 pm PDT

So... why does essentially everyone in the computer industry lie about everything? The display is not "3.5"", it is 2 x 3 inches. By stating a CORRECT measurement, one can accurately determine the real resolution. In this case, 960 px / 3" = 320 pixels per inch.

It is impossible to determine the real size of anything the way the industry has elected to present itself.

Soundoctor
17th May, 2012 @ 10:57 am PDT

Disappointing to those of us that own Apple home computers. If I was still PC, which I could never go back to, I wouldn't even consider buying iPhones!

Warren Gang
17th May, 2012 @ 03:40 pm PDT

@Soundoctor - it's not lying, it's just archaic. We've been using the diagonal measurement of screens since. . . oh who knows when. Long time ago. Longer than I've been alive.

Is it accurate? Well, yes and no. It's accurate in that the diagonal measurement IS 3.5" just like my HD7 is 4.3".

Does it reflect the difference between 4:3, 16:9, 16:10, etc.? No.

And I disagree with you re: pixels per inch. Completely on the level, I can NOT see individual pixels on my HD7 - the images are, to me (with laser enhanced vision) spectacular - as are the images on the iPhones - albeit small. :D I think that for the VAST majority of us, 320ppi is irrelevant. 250 or so is enough that we can't see it.

I think it's more about how those said pixels are used, rather than about how many you can cram in there.

That being said, my new iPad is light-years above my old one, but then it's also not at 320ppi. . .

Anyway. . .

socalboomer
18th May, 2012 @ 08:38 am PDT

Wouldn't a large screen iPhone be a iPad?

Slowburn
18th May, 2012 @ 09:47 am PDT
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