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Is there a 4 inch iOS device coming from Apple next year?

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Is there a 4 inch iOS device coming from Apple next year?
Citing its checks of Apple's Far Eastern supply chain, macotakara.jp says that Hitachi Displays Ltd. and Sony Mobile Display Corporation are working together to provide 4 inch screens to Apple for an unknown product that will launch in 2012. The two Japanese tech firms are expected to join forces with fellow countrymate Toshiba Mobile Display Co. to form "Japan Displays" next Spring. Macotakara.jp says that the same sources revealed that an unknown Taiwan based company will be providing Apple with "LCD technology faces" for a newly designed Apple iPad 4 that will be manufactured using a new process.

We recently reported that Apple has either made an investment or an advance payment to Sharp to spend on its factories that produce IGZO (Indium, Gallium, Zinc) panels for the 3rd generation Apple iPad and the 6th generation Apple iPhone. These displays are thinner and said to provide for improved battery life.

While the 4 inch device expected next year is unnamed, it could be the next generation of the Apple iPhone. When the Apple iPhone 4S was introduced this year, many were surprised that the crew at Cupertino had not increased the size of the display, deciding to keep it at the same 3.5 inches it has been since the original iPhone was launched in 2007. With mid to high-end Android models hitting the market with screens ranging from 4 to 4.7 inches, there is some thought that Apple will give in and increase the iPhone's screen size when it releases what is speculated to be a totally redesigned model next year.

The smaller Apple iPhone screen size was one of the smartphone's specs that Samsung recently made fun of in a commercial poking fun at Apple fans.

source: macotakara.jp via AppleInsider

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posted on 26 Nov 2011, 21:43 19

1. readingthissh1t (Posts: 303; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


more rumors? dont you guys get tired of this

posted on 26 Nov 2011, 23:13 3

9. NexusBLEH (Posts: 3; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)


nexus is a POS... LAGS when you scroll or pinch to zoom in normal web browsing and that's withOUT flash support.

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 00:22 10

13. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 408; Member since: 24 May 2011)


^^TROLL^^

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 01:20 4

14. readingthissh1t (Posts: 303; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


notice, i didnt say anything about the nexus in my post. insecure much? or umadbro?

i find it amusing that you first, checked out nexus videos, and second, made an account with the name "NexusBLEH", people these days never fail to amuse me.

btw did you see that video where the nexus beats the iPhone in speed? cus of course, Ray wont actually test the speed of the browsers in that lame comparison.
check out the link below xD
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQEC_Y5v3Zw

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 05:06 1

23. tacohunter (Posts: 408; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


And when it actually will happen in 2012. Then this isn't a rumor that never will unfold.

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 10:39 9

33. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2283; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Introducing ...the iFail 5 :)

posted on 26 Nov 2011, 21:51 17

2. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


The Nexus One had a 4-inch screen almost 2 years ago and Apple is only getting one in their devices next year lol. I think 4" is a good screen size but this is a little late.

posted on 26 Nov 2011, 22:30 12

5. galanoth (Posts: 425; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)


I thought the Nexus One had a 3.7" screen. And the Nexus S was the 4" screen phone.

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 07:30 5

28. messiah (Posts: 438; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)


Even the sony x10 had a four inch screen and that came out well over two years ago.

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 08:27 6

30. -RVM- (Posts: 331; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


And Nokia 770 had 4.1" 800x480 in 2005.

posted on 26 Nov 2011, 22:01 2

3. droidguy2323 (Posts: 55; Member since: 23 Sep 2011)


4.5 or better and I'm an apple fanboy

posted on 26 Nov 2011, 23:46 8

11. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I wonder which is more important - 4+ inch retina (or higher) resolution display, or LTE radio in the next iPhone? Personally, if either is missing, that will be a fail.

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 00:06 7

12. mcbeaven (Posts: 3; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


lack of LTE would not be a fail considering, LTE is not quite refined, Apple doesn't work like that. Verizon has a good chunk of their network built out, but it is not available to everyone, ATT hardly has anything built out, Sprint and T-Mobile has no LTE, so it is not quite the standard. Not yet at least.

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 01:55 12

16. p0rkguy (Posts: 685; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


LTE is not quite refined, Apple doesn't work like that? Siri?

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 04:27 5

19. BaiGanyo (Posts: 308; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


And putting out a 2g phone just a few years ago? And going with att? And insisting that no one wants a screen bigger than 3.5"? Its hilarious how quickly apple has fallen behind everyone.

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 14:44 1

46. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


haha and its hilarious how they have made so much money they could buy the whole phone industry besides for samsung too im asuming?

posted on 26 Nov 2011, 22:19 14

4. mukrenol (Posts: 90; Member since: 03 Sep 2011)


no way... apple cannot be getting a 4"
that would be COPYING

apple won't do that... right PA? >.>

hee hee hee

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 05:15 1

24. tacohunter (Posts: 408; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


Since when is changing a screen size copying?

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 10:03 3

32. leftheodo (Posts: 100; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


Since when a square tablet is copying ( cough GT 10.1 cough ) ?

posted on 26 Nov 2011, 22:42 12

6. Q8cavalry (Posts: 14; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Now Apple is copying others "Big screens"

posted on 26 Nov 2011, 23:09 9

7. tahnik (Posts: 188; Member since: 17 Jul 2011)


iphonearena...

posted on 26 Nov 2011, 23:11 6

8. Leodrade (Posts: 87; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)


Blasphemy
The iPhone doesn't need a bigger screen... LOL

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 05:24 4

25. tacohunter (Posts: 408; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


It's one of the reasons why they hate iPhone. Tiny screen. LOL

posted on 26 Nov 2011, 23:13 7

10. abdane (Posts: 494; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


lol... cant apple make there own mobiles ?!

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 01:55 7

15. HTCOE (Posts: 632; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


i think a 4 inch screen would be perfect for the iphone and other phones in general. screens are beginning to get too big if its that serious for a larger screen just get a tablet in my opinion. i would have loved the galaxy nexus to have a 4 inch screen but i havent tested it out yet so im going to remain unsure fully. though im not in a rush for the galaxy nexus considering they are bound to make the next version the galaxy nexus s in the near beginning of next year. & i would wait to see the next htc ics phone. i think their ui is the best ui period in my opinion. but yea go for it apple i may even consider purchasing the device.

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 02:01 4

17. gallitoking (Posts: 4720; Member since: 17 May 2011)


Say what you want.. but lots of fandroids..will leave their beloved Android for a 4' inch iphone.... Siri will be 2nd gen... ohhhh the world is not ready ... please dont give us LTE... this will bury EVOs,Charge and T-Bolts around the world

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 02:11 3

18. HTCOE (Posts: 632; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


not me & to be honest siri is a preference. not everyone needs her. && im sure google is in a google assistant process as well which i dont really care for. but yea about the bury line i believe they are already in a casket bc if someone doesnt have a non-capacitive button ics software phone come 2012 your just a gingerbread crumb

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 04:28 2

20. SleepingOz (unregistered)


yeah you wished!

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 04:45 4

22. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3109; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


lol you keep going on about the same devices, yet I'm sure you have never even used a SGS2 device, RAZR, etc. Devices that prove that they can be fast, super thin, have a gorgeous display, and have decent battery life all in one.

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 11:38 2

38. Johnny_Mnemonic (Posts: 240; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


@gallito you should change your Nick to gallitopig cause pigs love apples

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