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Questionable Claims of a 4.6" Screen on Next iPhone, But 4" Screen Still Seems Very Possible

Reuters relays rumors from a South Korean newspaper which revives claims of a larger screen on the next iPhone.
Apple has decided on the bigger 4.6-inch display for its next iPhone and started placing orders to its suppliers, the Maeil Business Newspaper said, quoting an unnamed industry source.
A 4.6-inch screen, however, would be significantly larger than that has been previously rumored. There have been persistent rumors that the next generation iPhone would carry a larger 4" screen. And we are convinced that Apple had exactly such designs in late prototype stages in China. The proliferation of iPhone cases with measurements of at least a 4" screen seemed to suggest that a number of suppliers were also convinced of that fact.

A 4.6" screen, however, is even harder to believe, and would place the new iPhone amongst the largest screen sizes available on a smartphone. Here's a comparison shot between the 4.65" screen of the Galaxy Nexus and the iPhone 4S which has a 3.5" screen.

TheVerge comparison between Galaxy Nexus (4.65") and iPhone 4S (3.5")

Apple has been consistent by offering the same screen size (3.5") across five generations of iPhones, so any change would be notable. The reason this particular claim seems most dubious, however, is the fact that it comes from an otherwise unknown Korean media source with no track record.

Still, it's hard to dismiss the talk of a larger 4" iPhone screen completely. Back in November, iLounge first reported that the 3rd Generation iPad would be "approximately 0.7 mm" thicker than the iPad 2. As it turns out, they were on the mark with the actual new iPad being 0.6 mm thicker (per official specs) than the previous design. The same source that provided that information had this to say about the next generation iPhone:
Our source says that the next-generation iPhone will not look like the teardrop-shaped version that was widely rumored for release in 2011. We’ve been told that the device will have a 4-inch display and will be 8mm longer than before, with a metal casing (probably aluminum). It is on track to be introduced in summer of 2012, and is still in the engineering phase, not early production. We suspect that poor battery life doomed the prior prototype version, and that this one is being built with LTE-ready battery drain in mind.


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32 months ago
4" would be nice. I don't need the device to be too big, but I think going larger than 3.5" would keep the device more competitive.
Rating: 22 Votes
32 months ago
Just a idea... the current iphone glass is just about 4.7in. So why not keep the same phone size and go edge to edge with the screen. Or go very close to the top and bottom edges.

Apple could then :p at other HUGE phones while the iPhone is a nice size with the largest screen.

Just an idea.
Rating: 18 Votes
32 months ago
An 4" iPhone 5 with the A5X, 1024x768 display, .34inch depth, tapered aluminum back, 4G LTE, and improved lens+sensor for back and iSight camera...

Rating: 16 Votes
32 months ago
Big screens are a matter of preference, but Apple isn't particularly inclined to catering for everyone's preferences.

The 3.5" screen is really a matter of principle to them - it's the size they've decided a smartphone should be, and the size they've designed their UI to fit into (just like the iPad being the size they've decided a tablet should be) and we'll probably never see a device they put out that changes that anytime soon without a really good reason.
Rating: 15 Votes
32 months ago
I have owned a galaxy nexus. I could not use for more than a month.

Its 4.65'' screen was too big for me even though I enjoyed it the first week






I think anything from 3.5 to 4.3 is acceptable. NOT ANY INCH BIGGER
Rating: 15 Votes
32 months ago
This is a funny rumour.

The biggest screen on a smart phone? Unless Apple has a change of strategy I can't see it.

Plus they would need to make a Iphone mini as millions of people don't want a phone with a screen 9 inches wider. :rolleyes:
Rating: 13 Votes
32 months ago
Summer 2012 though? I don't know.
Rating: 11 Votes
32 months ago
I don't understand why anyone would want a five inch device with them everyday. I always thought people wanted small compact devices?
Rating: 10 Votes
32 months ago
I'd love a bigger screen but not at the expense of a bigger phone. It needs to easily fit in my jean or pants pocket, which the current iPhone does. I can't wait to see what Apple dreams up.
Rating: 9 Votes
32 months ago
What is up with people and their inability to understand the reasons for why standards are set? Steve Jobs is quoted by Walter Issacsson in that he believed the android market was plagued by variables such as screen sizes. The idea that they would create an entire ecosystem in 2 forms, iPad and iPhone in more than a single screen size for either rendition is contrary to what has made the ecosystem so successful.

As an app and mobile web designer, I can assure you, my colleagues and I enjoy the fact that we know exactly what our product will look like on iOS. We know what a 320/(@2x) width or 768/(@2x) width will appear as on the screens of these devices.

Let the rumor mill explode with ******** like this. But honestly, I pray they don't increase the size of the screen, kill battery life... etc.
Rating: 7 Votes

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