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

50. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

But since we are talking big screen, I think my 4"3 is as large as I would ever want it to be. I remember it did take me a little while to adjust to texting and browsing due to the larger size.

47. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Wow an even bigger screen to plaster with its simple apps launcher OSI here by declare that iPhones are nothing more than advanced feature phones. My Android tablet has shown me the light! And iOS cannot compete, it is LIGHTYEARS behind. With a little tweaking, I'm pretty sure they could make Android apps that match their PC equivalents in features and functionality. As for the new iPhone, I plan on getting one, I'll be buying my buddies upgrade, and getting the largest capacity offering for $200 off, yes! But my RAZR shall remain my phone.

41. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

4 inch screen is THAT important? it's almost a year since we heard rumors about the next iPhone's screen size. stop talking about that please.

48. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

It seems that if it really happened, Apple would definitely be behind the curve on this one. But as we all know, it would be advertised as if it was another "magical" Apple innovation that has never happened before. And then we would start seeing the ridiculous lawsuits to stop anyone else from offering larger screen phones.

40. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

this what I know.. the design whatever will be it will beautiful, a well polish OS and blazing fast..

42. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1778; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

But....but Apple already is blazing fast compared to laggy Android. How can you improve on its "magical" perfection anymore?

44. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

so ur an ifan now. mmm changed sides.

45. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1778; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Its called sarcasm but a foreigner like you doesn't know the difference unless you were sarcastic yourself then bravo

49. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

I definitely smelled the sarcasm on that one...

43. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

and also restrictions.....

35. 9_HeLLs_oF_DrOid

Posts: 127; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

taco50 strikes again with his hard boiled facts!

34. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

theyd have to go big or go home. yeah apple is doing pretty well with rockin the 3.5 but a lot of android phones are getting bigger screens (note, spectrum, etc). if apple wants to keep up with the competition theyll have to up the screen.

33. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I think iOS 6 will mop the floor with android. Google's OS is already behind but the Apple update will just widen the gap.

36. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I know I shouldn’t fall for it but what the hell are you talking about? Google's OS is already behind? What are you putting in your tacos that make you so delusional?

38. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1778; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

As usual he is full of s**t. Just because its not the same boring 4 tile app launcher its "behind"

30. android1234

Posts: 203; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

I remeber 2 years ago when Android was just picking up momentum on Verizon with the OG Droid, and even a year past that. The drivign force was the apps. Android didnt seem to have quality apps, games, etc. But as of today they have almost all quality apps that youll find on the app store. So since apps doesnt add too much of a differentiation anymore, Android ICS takes over. I have the iPhone too and loved it, but the OS gets voring too fast. Now i have the Galaxy Nexus and its way better. I love the huge screen and the layout of Android ICS. But i cant wait to see what the new iPhone will bring, they shold anounce iOS6 in June i think..

28. APPLE_R0YALLY

Posts: 73; Member since: May 08, 2012

Sorry™ phonearena.....!

26. dcgore

Posts: 234; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

A bigger screen is all good but really what apple should do is focus in changing iOS. Although it is intuituve and great, it is becoming boring. I am not saying they should add widgets but maybe change the launcher and visually make changes.

24. kastor

Posts: 43; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

well i can use a 3.5 inch screen buti love bigger,4 is perfect size,and everything lower tahn 3.5 is for me too small

23. Exile_One

Posts: 24; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

4 inch is to small for me, im 6 3 and i got big hands...I need something 4.5 and above...

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?

21. shnibz

Posts: 525; 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

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.

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.

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 :)

14. angelesmec unregistered

Then they will patent on the changes.

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!

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