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

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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70 Comments

1. readingthissh1t

Posts: 303; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

more rumors? dont you guys get tired of this

9. NexusBLEH

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

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

13. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

^^TROLL^^

14. readingthissh1t

Posts: 303; Member since: Jul 20, 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 xDhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQEC_Y5v3Zw

23. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

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

33. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2349; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Introducing ...the iFail 5 :)

2. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 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.

5. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

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

28. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

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

30. -RVM-

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

And Nokia 770 had 4.1" 800x480 in 2005.

3. droidguy2323

Posts: 55; Member since: Sep 23, 2011

4.5 or better and I'm an apple fanboy

11. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

12. mcbeaven

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 03, 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.

16. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

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

19. BaiGanyo

Posts: 308; Member since: Feb 07, 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.

46. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 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?

4. mukrenol

Posts: 92; Member since: Sep 03, 2011

no way... apple cannot be getting a 4" that would be COPYING apple won't do that... right PA? >.> hee hee hee

24. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Since when is changing a screen size copying?

32. leftheodo

Posts: 108; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

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

6. Q8cavalry

Posts: 14; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Now Apple is copying others "Big screens"

7. tahnik

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 17, 2011

iphonearena...

8. Leodrade

Posts: 87; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

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

25. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

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

10. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

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

15. HTCOE

Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 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.

17. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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

18. HTCOE

Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 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

20. SleepingOz unregistered

yeah you wished!

22. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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.

38. Johnny_Mnemonic

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

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

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