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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: 387; 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: 1834; 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: 318; 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: 433; 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: 329; 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: 5745; 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: 683; 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: 65; 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: 133; 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: 475; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


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

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 01:55 7

15. HTCOE (Posts: 469; 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: 4684; 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: 469; 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: 2969; 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

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 17:25

51. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


I would but for some reason... it was already taken... any other options.... but lets make a deal... i will change my name if you change your.. to a more recent movie.. at least from this century...deal?

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 02:09

56. supaman21 (Posts: 43; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)


amazing how iphone fans are still afraid of the evo even after its been released for 16+ months, deep down they know its better

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 04:41 2

21. Packer29 (Posts: 56; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)


Wow it's the same boring fandroid comments I read and it makes no difference because the iPhone will still have the most user friendly experience and the smoothest os!

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 11:36 2

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


@packer you call that smooth os you say that cause thats apples will on you , you don't have free will or identity you can't see beyond the Apple the only thing you have in your head is apples. APPLE HEAD

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 21:43

54. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)


free will? identity? LOL. man its a phone...wth are you talking about? there is always some android user on this site relating iOS software to some kind of social oppression. if software is that serious to you...you have a hell of a lot more issues than you are aware of. man this site attracts some f'n weirdos.

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 11:42 3

39. leftheodo (Posts: 65; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


Lol! If you have the IQ of a potato then yes stick with your "easy" iOS! And about smoothness take a look at an ICS review!

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 14:25 2

45. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1047; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Of course the iPhone has a smooth os and friendly experience. All it is, is an app list. You want real smooth? Get a Wp7.

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 06:27 5

26. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


LOL !!!
yes maybe in october 2012
Or maybe in august 2013
Or maybe never
LOL !!!!

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 06:41 3

27. ore123 (Posts: 10; Member since: 14 Nov 2011)


i wonder which aspect ratio will apple use ..
if they use 4:3 aspect ratio the screen will turn out to be like the screen on pactech pocket hahaha

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 08:24 6

29. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


so, does this mean apple is copying android since its going to a standard android size screen? :)

wow, same rumor for what.. 3 years now? lol.. dont worry apple trolls, one day it will actually be true.

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 17:29 1

52. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


As far as i know... Android is an OS.. not phone manufacturer... dont think they invented 4 inch screens... maybe cellphone manufacturer.. but could be wrong... since you are god around here

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 09:35

62. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


you think im god? awww, thanks, but no, im just a dude that takes the time to learn about things before i go and blind post.

Android is a general term, if you want me to be specific then we could say HTC pushed it to 3.7 inches with the nexus1 and then to 4.3 inches with the Evo and HD2. Dell pushed it to 5 inches with the Streak, and Samsung is pushing it over 5 inches with the Note. Thats all from memory, so correct me if i missed anything.

As far as screen size, android has pushed the envelope further than it has ever been. When the iphone first launched that 3.5 inch screen was top of the line. I dont know if android was first to 4 inches, but i know it was one of the first, though technically windows 6.5 beat android to the punch with the HD2 when it went 4.3 inches, and then was relaunched as the EVO4g. (same phone, different OS)

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 18:29

68. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


I dont think is Android that pushes the screen to any manufacturer... Android is an OS. thats all.. nothing more.. nothing less.. the only toy for Google is called the Nexus.. i know you like Android soo much.. but they dont have any power on the screen size... Android has nothing to do with the screen sizes on any phone... just making sure..

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 19:03

69. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


did you even read my comment, or did you blind post again? lol

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 09:15 6

31. systamatics (Posts: 63; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


bigger screen or lte or whatever , iphone will always suck , will always stay behind , will always have his sheep fanboys buying it , with a market share of nearly 24% and highest profitability due to their overpriced iphone , people are really dumb.

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 11:31 3

36. faisal8708 (Posts: 104; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)


I dont think its Apple\'s fault if others dont know how tho keep cost down even though they make devices that are crap infront of iPhone

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 09:36 2

63. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


keep their costs down? you mean using non-top of the line parts yet charging for top of the line, like apple does? :)

I'll take android's approach where you get a lot more for your money. Im worried about my bottom line more than a manufacturers.

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 12:56 1

66. faisal8708 (Posts: 104; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)


I dont think you hav any idea about manufacturing

Because Apple makes only three devices which always remain in demand they can order in bulk and thus bringing down the SETUP COST for their suppliers

Secondly Apple usually pay advance which again brings down financing cost for their suppliers and thus bringing down price for Apple

Thirdly Apple's products have longer product lifecycle so recovering R&D cost they make more profit

I dont know how you got to top of the line parts idea from maybe you googled tht

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 19:07

70. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


4th, apple uses slave labor in china and pays so little that it is considered among the worst working conditions in a factory in china.. and thats saying something

5th, apple uses many low cost pieces in their devices to keep costs down, but keeps the price high, which keeps their margins huge. 70% profit margin per i4s is insane. The top android phone, the SGS2 sells for similar pricing and only has around a 30-35% profit margin because it uses much more expensive and advanced parts. Its even a bigger difference when you realize the SGS2 is made with in house parts, and the iphone has to buy parts from samsung.. yet still manages to double the profit margin per device.

More advanced parts is easy
exynos
super amoled +/ super amoled HD
HSPA+ 42mb/s / LTE
more ram
bigger screens
more of everything really..

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 11:12 5

34. tprince1225 (Posts: 4; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)


I work on the i***s, they are far from the smoothest os. I deal with there software issues everyday. They are junk compared to the SGSII and RAZR. I got my gf an i*** and shes gonna sell it to some apple freak for $600 and get a SGSII. And she went from the EVO to the iphone and hates it. Even the camera on the SGSII is better. Along with the personal assistaint, you can have her say whatever you want. No just the lame robot, "How can i help you"...

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 11:29 3

35. faisal8708 (Posts: 104; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)


Todays TROLL AWARD goes to you

SGS2 has a better camera than iPhone 4s. yea right!

HAHAHAHAHAHA

COME ON MAN you can do better

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 11:44 1

40. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


It is very close....

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 14:21 2

44. tprince1225 (Posts: 4; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)


ITs funny out of all that i said you only said someting about the camera, obv you have never use both or done mutiple tests on them side by side. And the "retina" display...what a joke!

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 18:55 1

53. faisal8708 (Posts: 104; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)


Yea I havnt done any multiple tests but they hav

http://www.gsmarena.com/8mp_shootout_2011-review-673.php

First do some research and than shoot ur mouth and do read the conclusion

I used the best Android phone out in the market for two weeks tht is SGS2 really good phone but the display was a joke nobody wants a display which shows enhanced colors tht they start to look fake to the point tht it makes it difficult to read text and gives you headac after using a couple of hours

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 09:08

60. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)


Enhanced colors that look fake? The iPhones colors are dull as s**t. Who wouldn't want a SuperAmoled+ display? Jealous iPhone owners. And both cameras are phenomenal, who cares. And if I was to get a headache, it would be from staring at the iPhone's tiny screen for over 5 minutes.

Talk about the important stuff he said, instead of copying and pasting random BS from other websites.

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 14:50

67. faisal8708 (Posts: 104; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)


I just stated the facts and gave you guys the link to back tht up if thts BS for you than OK its not tht I expected more from Fandroids who like to bury their heads in the sand

About the display just take a picture of billboard and look at it on your SGS2 and you will wht fake colors are

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 01:14

55. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Faisal another typical angry fandroid. Notice how they're always so angry and cursing while telling lies? I wonder what makes them so bitter?

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 09:37 1

64. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i see we have been drinking lots of kool-aid lately.

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 11:44

41. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Dude, the RAZR is a very smooth working phone - great battery life and awesome form factor....

posted on 27 Nov 2011, 11:46 3

42. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I fell SIRIously sorry for those people who had an iphone 4 and upgraded to iphone 4S - you got ripped off - I hope apple does improve their battery life and screen quality/size, because Android manufacturers will only make their phones even better.

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