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New iPhone to come with a 3.95-inch 640x1136-pixel screen, new connectors

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New iPhone to come with a 3.95-inch 640x1136-pixel screen, new connectors
We don’t know whether there’s a direct correlation between Apple’s stock price being on an upward run and the spike in iPhone rumors, but truth is, more and more whispers about the new gadget almost uniformly point to a release this fall, and a larger display. Now, 9to5Mac joins in with its own sources claiming that an iPhone 5,1 and iPhone 5,2 are undergoing pre-EVT (Engineering Verification Test) testing, and both models feature a 3.95-inch display with a resolution of 640x1136 pixels.

What does this mean? Currently, the iPhone 4S (just like the iPhone 4) comes with a 3.5-inch screen and a resolution of 640x960 pixels. If the rumor is true, the change will be only in the vertical aspect - the screen will become perceptively longer and narrower. The difference is 176 pixels on the Y axis, and overall the pixel density will even slightly improve to a brilliant 330ppi. This elongated screen will allow Apple to add one more row of icons, so we have not four, but five of them.

What changes, though, is the aspect ratio. So far, Apple has put its bets on a 3:2 aspect ratio, while the new testing models would introduce a 16:9 aspect ratio. Now, this is big, as it will allow for optimal video viewing. Currently, most video is encoded in 16:9 ratio, which translates into two black strips occupying unnecessary screen space to make up for the current 3:2 ratio of the iPhone.

But this could also mean trouble for developers. Unlike Android and others that explicitly support Box Layouts and other tools to size up or down apps to fit a screen, application on iOS are specifically designed with a static resolution in mind. A change in the aspect ratio could well mean that Apple will also modify the whole paradigm of iOS development in iOS 6 by adding dynamic layouts. And that already a big change, and something that makes us doubt whether Cupertino would want to change the screen size and resolution of the new iPhone at all. If it does, it could effectively create a kind of “fragmentation” - a term that has so far been delegated to other platforms.

Also, the rumor goes on to say that the new iPhone will come with a completely redesigned connectors. The 30-pin slot you’re used to seeing will allegedly grow smaller, to somewhere between a miniUSB and a microUSB slot size. The new connector is said to eventually spread to all future iOS devices.

Of course, all of this comes with a huge shade of doubt. We’re still allegedly months ahead of the new iPhone, so it might all change. Or not change. Or change, again. What’s sure is that those rumors will keep on entertaining us for a while.

source: 9to5Mac

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posted on 22 May 2012, 07:39 25

1. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Another day, another rumor

posted on 22 May 2012, 17:13 5

44. appleDOESNT.com (banned) (Posts: 456; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


the iHerd waited 5 years and all they got is a 3.95" screen... lol!

posted on 22 May 2012, 17:57 2

45. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


It's what we can do with that 3.95" screen that makes all the difference.

posted on 22 May 2012, 18:31 3

47. sithman (banned) (Posts: 299; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Exactly... Every big screen android device I've tried, I took back. They just don't stack up to the iPhones overall package.

posted on 22 May 2012, 22:41 1

49. tuminatr (Posts: 774; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


Depends on what you want your phone to do; I have one of each (work and personal) and prefer my droid. It’s like BK I can have it my way and email and calendar are better on the android

posted on 23 May 2012, 05:18

55. iphoneisthebest79 (Posts: 70; Member since: 23 May 2012)


who search a bigger screen, go for tablet ....

posted on 22 May 2012, 07:42 7

2. mobilefuture (Posts: 215; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


The price is still gonna be sky-high for other countries cuz we dont have contracts where i live :(

posted on 22 May 2012, 13:40

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


Bwahahah.... they just couldn't submit to the demand and go the distance on a 4" screen..... it would have proved the competition was always ahead if the curve as far as screen size is concerned

posted on 28 May 2012, 09:00

59. ChollaAnythingApple (Posts: 9; Member since: 14 Apr 2011)


gotta pay the cost to live the life.

posted on 22 May 2012, 07:47 9

4. Tjey007 (Posts: 86; Member since: 22 May 2012)


if this happens then i guess my upcoming GS3 will win th race....:)

posted on 22 May 2012, 12:43 2

38. kalandershihab (Posts: 57; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)


galaxy s3 is a brick! most of them wont like such a big screen for their daily use. 4.3 is the perfect size!

posted on 22 May 2012, 13:22 1

39. Tjey007 (Posts: 86; Member since: 22 May 2012)


compare to GS2 it is not that big unlike other handset...easy too hold and operate...as far as i have seen the size is OK.

posted on 22 May 2012, 07:53 5

5. sorcio46 (Posts: 435; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


They will NEVER change aspect ratio and resolution, next rumor !

posted on 22 May 2012, 08:03 2

10. raunak (Posts: 507; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


why wouldnt they change resolution if they are going to increase screen size?

posted on 22 May 2012, 09:36 1

27. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Screen aspect ratio probably will not change,if it does and the render above is an accurate representation of what the new iphone looks like than it looks like apple will be making its iphone look very similar to current top android phones.

posted on 22 May 2012, 07:56 9

6. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


This is funny considering the fact that apple would neveer leave the 3:2 aspect ratio

posted on 22 May 2012, 08:03

9. jcpwn2004 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)


exactly, I won't believe any of these rumors about a stretch screen until i see it.

posted on 22 May 2012, 08:14

12. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


I don't believe anyones ideas of the screen size change. we all know how stingy apple is making up dumb excuses to keep it the same size (resolution may change) i mean seriously the use the phone with just your thumb idea? i can type with one hand using only my thumb perfectly on my e4gt and my infuse (use my e4gt for games, browsing etc)

posted on 22 May 2012, 07:58 9

7. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


I'm not quite sure how I feel about this one. I definitely want a bigger screen and I think most iPhone users are with me on that one. And from that mock up, it looks like the iPhone would remain the same size itself, which is definitely nice because it fits so well in my hand. But I still have to go back to the Galaxy S, which if I'm not mistaken is a larger handset. That phone was the first 4" screened phone that I thought was dead on physically. It was larger deminsion wise (from what I remember), but was still incredibly comfortable in hand. Why not make a slightly larger phone and kick the resolution up a bit more?

I just don't think Apple can get away with a slight upgrade this year...even if the screen is larger. The iPhone 4S is a fantastic phone under the hood, but even I'll admit that these Android manufacturers are throwing in everything they've got to compete with Apple. And the results have been fantastic, in my opinion. Apple rode on its name with the iPhone 4S...and like I said...fantastic phone, but just not flashy as some others. This iPhone needs to be a jaw dropper if Apple wants to continue to compete and draw our attention. But I trust they understand and know that. But it's not just the hardware...the software has to be updated too. I'm a simple guy and I love how basic the layout of iOS is. But I'm not everyone and people want their phones to look cooler.

I think Apple will do well with this release. Probably the most hyped phone Apple has released since...the iPhone 4? or 3G...

posted on 22 May 2012, 08:18 4

13. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


We agree on many points about the necessity of a big change for the i5 to stay competitive. Small things wont cut it this time around. It needs to go big or stay home.

Honestly, IF its a big change, it will be the most hyped iphone since probably the first one. If its not, its not going to be hyped much at all other than to the crazed fanboy crowd. Noobs that want a smaller, low hassle set will still gravitate towards it, but with so much coming out of WP7 trying to take a piece of that exact pie, its going to spread things a little more thin.

Really, anything less than 4 inches is going to be a complete fail. It really needs to be over 4 inches, but 4 is the minimum. Bezels are much smaller than they used to be, and there is no reason they cant go above 4 without barely changing the size of the set.

The SGS1 and the i4 are nearly the same size. The SGS1 is just a hair bigger, but its also much thinner and lighter, so it feels great in the hand.

The average android handset is 4.3 and above at this point... with a heavy push closer to 4.5 now. With the bulk of android sales being towards the high end, and the bulk of the high end being 4.3 to 5xx, that shows that many if not most people want more screen. WP7 is following the same path, and BB-10 touch screens look to be doing the same.

iOS is in need of a facelift, but honestly what can they do at this point that is going to be spectacularly new that isnt going to be just a copied hodge podge of other OS's at this point? They need the change, but the more it changes, the more likely its going to be using similar ideals to android, and the more similar to android it becomes, the reason for buying it drops. Why buy a small phone with "android on safety rails", when ICS devices are top notch now? If it were android on safety rails vs android 1.6, yea, i could see it.. but that old bugged android OS is a thing of the past.

posted on 22 May 2012, 10:39

31. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


I definitely agree that 4" is the bare minimum, although I'm oddly cautious about going to 4.5in screens. I just remember the first time I held and Evo and thought, there is no way I'd carry this thing around. I still feel that way. But I think far more than screen size itself is the phone design overall. Like you said, you can get a 4.3" screen and still have a relatively comfortable phone to hold. Bezel is something that I rarely think about, but it does have a big impact on the design of the phone. I just don't think the iPhone needs as much framing as it has had in the past 5 versions.

And I'll agree with you to a certain extent about iOS. I don't think we've explored every kind of user interface just yet, although I'm sure people will call out similarities. But I trust that Apple has enough talent that they can think of something good. Still, I'm shocked they still haven't updated the look of the whole thing. Speaking to the audience they are marketing to, they may not need to...but still.

But releasing a phone once a year, you have to give it everything you have. The iPhone 4 was epic and the phone held up extremely well the entire year. The iPhone 4S had great specs, but it wasn't long before other manufacturers were producing...well...most interesting phones. I stand by my thought of a phone lives and dies by the apps that are available to it...but still. You want your phone to look and feel good. I guess we shall see...

posted on 22 May 2012, 10:44

32. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


the apps definitely make a difference, but that huge divide between iOS apps and everyone else is pretty much gone. With android specs going higher, the apps have been getting tremendously better, so what was once a clear advantage for iOS is no longer. Once more WP7/8 apps start to mature its going to be a horse race for nicest apps.

Well, here's to hoping they bring it. Im not a fan of Apple as a company, but I am a fan of high competition because thats better for everyone.

posted on 22 May 2012, 18:38 1

48. sithman (banned) (Posts: 299; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


And u said all that to say what exactly? People r gonna buy what they want to buy, regardless of the slander they hear. Those that prefer iPhones r gonna buy iPhones, those who prefer android r gonna buy android. Both platforms r very good, but cater to mostly different crowds. Not everyone wants to root, and customize their interface all day, not everyone wants a closed Eco system, and iTunes, but millions of buyers want both evidently cuz both r the cream of the tech crop. And I said all that to say what? Exactly...

posted on 23 May 2012, 07:08 2

56. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


its called having a conversation. you should try it.

posted on 22 May 2012, 07:59 2

8. mercorp (Posts: 1030; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


Why not give us a 5.6,or even a 6 inch screen on the next iphone?
THAT WOULD BE AMAZING.

posted on 22 May 2012, 08:04 9

11. Taylen (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


That would be a smaller iPad, not iPhone...

posted on 22 May 2012, 08:31 4

14. SonyFTW2020 (Posts: 311; Member since: 03 May 2012)


you dumb ass! why not just buy an ipad!!

posted on 22 May 2012, 08:40 4

18. tedkord (Posts: 12225; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


You've been merc-trolled!

posted on 23 May 2012, 00:40

50. reagannism (Posts: 9; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


you like a biker who wants to buy the latest yet fastest bike but wishing it could be as big as a car inside to fit many people yet still called "bike". And has air-conditioners, too.

posted on 23 May 2012, 01:15

52. mercorp (Posts: 1030; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


Sorry.
Did not meant to say bad things.

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