Next iPhone to have at least a 4" screen, says Wall Street Journal, display production starts in June

Next iPhone to have at least a 4
Wall Street Journal's secretive but usually connected "sources familiar with the matter" reconfirmed what everyone plus doggie are expecting from the major iPhone edition this fall - it will have a larger screen.

The production of those displays has apparently been poised to start next month, which makes sense if Apple would want to put it all together towards the end of the summer. 

The WSJ report did not pinpoint a screen size, but the sources have mentioned it will be no less than 4". Now we've analyzed ad nauseaum how today's phones can have larger screens and still be as compact, light and durable as the ones with smaller screens of yesterday, so that's what might be going on here with Apple's 2012 iPhone. 

Considering that Apple is very adamant that people still reach everywhere on the screen with their thumb during one-handed operation, instead of having to use two palms, a 4-incher would be the sweet spot.

Its other selling points are said to be thin metal chassis and LTE connectivity, as well as all the goodies that will come with iOS 6, like the rumored homebrew Maps software Apple is allegedly prepping for its gadgets.

source: WSJ

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66 Comments

1. fongy

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

Innovation at its best.... a 4" screen.. wow....

3. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Ever since i got my epic 4g touch a few months ago i have to have a minimum of 4.5"

16. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Agreed,ive seen many customers who used the galaxy s2,galaxy nexus or phones with similar size screens and now they couldn't bare going back to the old tiny iphone screen. Even the 4 inch screen could be too much of a step back. Its like your 47 inch tv breaking down and you have to try use a 28 inch replacement!

23. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

If i had to use a 4" phone or 28" in place of my 48" i wouldn't know what to do. I need my large screen for my xbox.

41. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

careful when you fall for backpedaling.. Andro

49. GENARAL.LEVY

Posts: 93; Member since: Apr 17, 2012

Careful or ule end-up deep into there trap.... galli.

51. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

true I will be careful thanks

2. bansidhar

Posts: 16; Member since: Apr 28, 2012

i want exactly 4 inch

43. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

thats what she said

50. GENARAL.LEVY

Posts: 93; Member since: Apr 17, 2012

Nope 4.8....

61. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

5.0 inches

4. angelesmec unregistered

4.0'' to 4.5'' with less bezel is the ideal size.

5. KEVlN

Posts: 83; Member since: Aug 19, 2011

I laugh at iPhones now a days. Back in 2010 the size was perfect but its 2012 now... A screen size increase is obvious for the next generation iPhone. They couldn't honestly be thinking of keeping the iPhone at 3.5"... Even 4 inches is too small for most. They should consider 4.5"-4.7" if they want people to switch to the iPhone. Screen size is a big reason why people don't go with the iPhone.

11. cellphonator

Posts: 298; Member since: Oct 29, 2011

Not according to sales.

14. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Not even 2010... The Galaxy S series, Droid, Evo, and a few others were already out with larger screens in 2010. In 2008/2009 the 3.5" was ok, at latest

22. jwl3429

Posts: 36; Member since: Sep 28, 2009

Apple has a huge market share i don't think they are out to get people with 4.8" android phones to switch, they only need to make current iphone owners happy. my guess is that the average i phone owner does not want a 4.8" screen.

6. annymu5

Posts: 15; Member since: Feb 01, 2012

It better is Apple wants to stay on top.

12. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"...Apple wants to stay on top." Apple already not on top.

39. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Yep Samsung is the world's largest phone manufacturer

66. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

I love how I get thumbed down for stating a fact, there are some really stupid people here. If anybody doesn't believe me, here is a link. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/04/27/samsung-beats-nokia-to-be_n_1458293.html

7. jagroopdeol

Posts: 3; Member since: May 05, 2012

i think the next iphone will be iPhone 4GS with same the body of iphone 4 but with 4g connectivity..

9. -RVM-

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Nah. 4G networks are available only in certain countries, so it wouldn't be any improvement for most of global market. They have to bring some more new features.

29. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

I agree. Apple has released the iPad with LTE, that is only available in certain countries. I can't see why Apple would not do that for the iPhone.

8. metoyou

Posts: 279; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Hope SJ didn't hear this news otherwise he will knock out his coffin and bitch slap his ichildren like a mad woman and call them "traitor" 4'2-4'5 is the best spot !

10. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Being specific, A phone that is 2.5" wide and no more than 5" tall is ideal. Thickness isn't really an issue anymore but no more than .4".

13. maverick786us

Posts: 159; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Apple's idea is insane. Its never anyone's priority to use the whole screen with single hand. I always use both hands while typing or dialing numbers. which is 4 times faster. So making a small screen size to make it operate with one hand makes no sense

15. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

It's a feature to use it one handed. If someone has to use the other hand, it means they'd have to put down their starbuckdoublemochiattolatesupershot and hipster mesenger bag to use their phone, which was already closer to their face than the drink due to the tiny screen size. If they were to use more than one hand, they'd be holding it wrong

21. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Stats have shown that Apple main buyer base are preteens and teenagers,most of them have smaller hands,large screen would be unsuitable for these.

24. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Im 15 and i can't stand to use the iphone, not enough features for me, to small of a screen, the glass is fragile, and I don't like being part of the crowd.

25. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

And those teenagers are actually businessmen, right?

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