Rumor about 4-inch screen on new iPhone gains more weight

Rumor about 4-inch screen on new iPhone gains more weight
The next iPhone will have a 4-inch screen - we’ve heard it yesterday and we’ve heard it last year from all kinds of sources, but now both the Wall Street Journal and Reuters agree on that. Last year, a bigger-screened iPhone was widely expected but never came into existence, so we’d definitely take this with a grain of salt. With that in mind, Reuters now reports citing its “people familiar with the situation” that the new iPhone will have 4-inch display and Apple has already ordered new displays from manufacturers in South Korea and Japan.

The new screens have already hit the production line at LG Display, Sharp and Japan Display Inc, a merger of the three companies that will ensure quick turnover. 

Earlier, a South Korean publication spread the rumor about the new screen featuring the same “Retina” display, and we’d be surprised if Apple pulls back from the high pixel density on the iPhone. The new 4-inch screen will offer 30% more viewing space, if Apple retains the original dimensions. 

There’s no word on whether the new iPhone will be redesigned, but analysts agree that new looks will definitely help Cupertino better sell the handset, that is now the main pillar of its business.

While Apple has not yet moved to larger phone screens, it seems obvious that it needs to do so at one point or another as users get accustomed to displays as large as 4.7 inches and 5.3 inches on the newest high-end Androids. Do you expect to see a new iPhone with a bigger screen?

source: Reuters

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50 Comments

1. ananya22

Posts: 93; Member since: Apr 23, 2012

first!!!!!!!!!!!!! i dont thik that would happen. apple think that 3.5 inches is the perfect size to hold in an average sized hand without any troubles and unless kids with larger hands are being born they'll stick with 3.5. i know we've seen apple add a few things like drop down notifications and wallpaper being inspired from android but they have been adamant on some of they're issues so i doubt the larger screen. and jobs loved the large bezel so its shortening is unlikely

8. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Apple typically refrains from introducing the technology unless it was ready for mainstream. The biggest hurdle for Apple is the battery life -- if you want a bigger screen, you need a bigger battery (i.e. more mAh), and if you want 4G, then you also need a bigger battery, etc. I believe Apple will introduce a both a bigger screen and 4G since it has been working on the battery technology -- as a corollary, the battery technology on the iPad 3 supports both retina display and 4G.

12. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

lol, who said the next iPhone will be called iPhone 5 ??? maybe it'll be iPhone 4S2 ??? LOL ( and i dont mean as in GS2, i mean 2nd iPhone 4S :P )

18. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

No, it will be called "iPhone Lawsuit". :D

27. maryaaadil

Posts: 146; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

or 4GS or the new Iphone. lol

31. xoutrageousx

Posts: 70; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

nah, it will be called Samsung Galaxy S3 since...that's just a Samsung Galaxy S2 with just a few things changed.

37. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Wasn't the 4S just a 4 with a few things changed?

25. Phullofphil

Posts: 1818; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

If you take the fact that the phone does not have to bigger to have a bigger screen then every thing would fit into the same form factor. But any smart company that wants to compete in the future knows that sometimes you can't stick to an idea and think its the perfect one and will always stay the same. Any way there is so much unused areas on the iPhone unused. The other thing is weathe Steve jobs already designed this next iPhone is doubtful or likely. I think some of thes next round of apple products will have a little bit of a different view from wich comes from a company that has to prove that it can compete and thrive as good or better under new management

2. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

good boy. here is your potato) 4 is a reasonable size. I'm tired of those gigantic screens.

9. Phd_MSc_Eng

Posts: 3; Member since: May 17, 2012

So true...

3. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

WOW how innovatively, innovative. PHONEARENA? Listen up. You need to write on article on how well the rumors went from the last phone, the 4S, so that we can know who to actually believe on what the iphone will look like. I would be shocked if the little phone did not have 4G LTE connectivity and at least a 4" screen. I am guessing it will have the same normal underwhelming processor that works great in an iphone, unless you start asking it to do true multitasking. I am taking bets as to the next model name - I say it will be the iphone 4GS. Motto will be: The next iPhone - faster, bigger, better.

32. theruleslawyer

Posts: 108; Member since: Apr 23, 2012

I'd bet 4" screen- bigger but still small compared to Android LTE absolutely cpu- probably a a5x, maybe on a smaller process by now. ram- most likely 1gb. New case design. I doubt we'd see quad cores or 2gb of memory. Apple will be trying to compensate for the power draw of LTE and a larger screen. I don't expect those move until the iphone 6. I think the big question is software. Will apple ever update iOS to something more than pages of icons on a screen?

4. PackMan

Posts: 277; Member since: Mar 09, 2012

They won't do it. Apple cares about its customer and they wouldn't want their users to feel inadequate.

20. OMGOMG

Posts: 2; Member since: May 14, 2012

New IPHONE = IPhone FAT ASS(S)

5. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

The next iPhone will be small iPad. iPhone is dead end for Apple. Acknowledging that they are just following competition would destroy them as a game changers, trend setters and industry leaders. They are more likely to revolutionize the Industry again. First scenario that I can think of is shifting industry toward iPad, in which they are still untouchable, and leaving iPhone to his destiny, like they did with iPod when everyone else caught up, leaving it behing newly established iPhone that again revolutionized Industry like iPod did at the turn of the centuries.

6. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

They are going to sue everyone else who uses a 4 inches screen?

10. Phd_MSc_Eng

Posts: 3; Member since: May 17, 2012

Lame comment...

7. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

4inch is reasonable

11. Phd_MSc_Eng

Posts: 3; Member since: May 17, 2012

What do you think about the name... it's gonna be " iPhone 5" or " iPhone "

17. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Probably just iPhone..it should be something like Jobs' heritage. There are rumors he worked hard on this project.

13. SeniorEd

Posts: 15; Member since: Feb 16, 2011

I sure hope they go to at least a 4 inch screen and keep the aspect ratio at 13.5 to 9 (or 3 to 2, 1.5 to 1, whatever you want to call it) as that ratio gives a good surface area for a given diagonal. In fact, if Apple goes to a 4.5 inch diagonal and stays with the iphone's current aspect ratio, the surface area is greater than the Nexus and almost as big as the Galaxy S III. That would be cool!

14. angelesmec unregistered

Then they will patent on the changes.

15. APPLE_R0YALLY

Posts: 73; Member since: May 08, 2012

WE SAY™ no one knows till October.....!? WE THINK™ it will be a 4 inch.....!? WE® assume this changes everything.....!? WE ROYALLYS™ will ask Apple.....!? WE™ await.....!?

29. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Must say APPLE_R0YALLY, you post the most annoying to read comments...besides gallito and taco, that is.

39. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

why thank you sir

46. Sackboy117

Posts: 178; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I love Apple Royally's comments :)

16. Alistaire

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

the ipad is the bigger iphone. And when not in use, it double as a shiny cheese platter.

19. Gcombs

Posts: 136; Member since: Aug 22, 2011

I think Apple is going to come out with an odd size screen. We all know their are 4 inch screens and 4.3 also which are normal for todays phones. With that being said I'm guessing somewhere in the 4.1 to 4.2 inch screen size.

21. shnibz

Posts: 510; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

4-4.3 inch is perfect it think...nice to look at but still managable, my Nexus with 4.65 is awkwardly large and i'm a 6 foot tall dude. My droid Bionic feels much better

22. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

If it's going to be 4-inch screen: 1152x768 resolution, because: - backward compatible with resolution of 3,5" Retina: (factor x1.2 for every pixel in vertical and horizontal resolution) - same aspect ratio, that is 3:2 (1.5) - 329 PPI (just like today's Retina) - sort of compatible with iPad (only for smaller dimension, 768 pixels in iPad and iPad 2, factor 2 for iPad 3) How does this sound?

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