Two reports have come out today from the Wall Street Journal and Reuters that more or less confirm that the next iPhone will have at least a 4-inch screen. If this is indeed true then the iPhone 5, or whatever Tim decides to call it, will have at least .5-inches of additional screen space. I usually shy away from posting rumors when it comes to new hardware devices, but considering that two reliable sources are more or less stating the same thing, I’d say that this is indeed legit information.
The two reports do very a bit with WSJ stating:
“Apple Inc., which is expected to launch its next-generation iPhone later this year, has ordered screens from its Asian suppliers that are bigger than the ones used in iPhones since they debuted in 2007, people familiar with the situation said.
Production is set to begin next month for the screens, which measure at least 4 inches diagonally compared with 3.5 inches on the iPhone 4S, the latest phone from Apple, the people said.” – WSJ
Reuters’ report came out a bit after the WSJ article, but their story varied slightly. Reuters details the new iPhone’s screen as:
“The new iPhone screens will measure 4 inches from corner to corner, one source said. That would represent a roughly 30 percent increase in viewing area, assuming Apple kept other dimensions proportional. Apple has used a 3.5-inch screen since introducing the iPhone in 2007.” – Reuters
The real question is how would you feel if the next iPhone had a larger screen? Is this a feature you’ve been looking for, or is it a design change that doesn’t agree with you? I’m kind of torn on the prospect of a larger screened iPhone. I actually like the smaller form factor when compared to some of the tablet sized phones that support the Android OS, but if the new iPhone doesn’t grow in width, the extra real estate may be a bonus. I just hope Apple doesn’t sacrifice battery life for the sake of having a bigger screen to compete with Android devices. Thoughts? You’ve been hoping the next iPhone will indeed release this October…
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