Next iPhone Will Have Larger 4″ Screen

May 16, 2012 - 9 Comments

New iPhone 5 with larger screen mockup

The next generation iPhone will feature a 4″ display, according to two separate reports from Reuters and Wall Street Journal.

The dual reports appear to confirm long existing speculation that Apple would increase the size of the new iPhone screens from the current 3.5″ display to a larger 4″ display. Larger displays are increasingly common in the smartphone world, and both Reuters and WSJ cite competition from Android phones as part of the motivation to increase the screen size.

Other details are scant and the source of the information is the routinely vague “people familiar with the situation”, but WSJ and Reuters have a history of providing accurate Apple rumors and leaks in the past.

Assuming existing iPhone 5 rumors pan out, the next-gen phone could potentially include the following features:

  • 4″ Display at similar screen resolution to existing iPhone models
  • 4G LTE connectivity
  • A5X CPU borrowed from the iPad 3
  • 10 megapixel or higher camera
  • All new redesigned enclosure
  • Ships with iOS 6

The next iPhone is expected to launch later this year, likely around September or October.

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Posted by: Matt Chan in iPhone, News, Rumor

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  1. Caprelli says:

    Welcome to 2010 Apple, nice to see iPhone join the party.

    Really though, this is my only complaint with the iPhone. Squinting to read text on a 3″ screen is quite absurd, an inch makes a world of difference in usability.

    • Dave says:

      There’s never been an iPhone with a 3″ screen – even the first model had a 3.5″ screen – so this would mean a 1/2″ increase, which would make a difference but not that much: from 3″ to 4″ is a 33% increase, 3.5″ to 4″ is 14%. I think you’re going to be disappointed.

  2. Max says:

    Hell no!
    3.5 is a great size. Fits the pocket and doesnt need giant hands to operate. I strongly disagree with this decision and I just hope its a bad rumor… Apple dont need to follow dumb competitors, screen size doesnt equal better phone!

    • Tamte says:

      A larger screen size doesn’t necessarily mean a larger phone, look at the iPhone and you’ll see plenty of empty space around the edges and top and bottom that could be filled in with a bigger screen.

  3. Romney says:

    Bigger is better. Can’t wait to upgrade.

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