Two versions of the Apple iPhone being tested says report, both with 3.999 inch screen

Two versions of the Apple iPhone being tested says report, both with 3.999 inch screen
According to 9to5Mac, at Apple HQ, testing is taking place on a couple of prototype handsets, one of which will probably become the next Apple iPhone 5. The prototypes are disguised by being put in thick black shells which are designed to hide the true identity of the phone inside. Two of the models being tested have larger screens than the current 3.5 inches that used to be considered generously sized when the first Apple iPhone was launched in 2007. Since then, we have seen the envelope widen from the 4.3 inches that seemed so large on the HTC HD2 to the 5.3 inches on the Samsung GALAXY Note. The two Apple iPhone prototypes with the larger screen are internally called the iPhone 5,1 and the iPhone 5,2.

Both the iPhone 5,1 and the iPhone 5,2 are in the PreEVT stage of testing and go by the code names N41AP  and N42AP respectively. The pair both sport a 3.999 inch screen, measured diagonally. Besides increasing the size of the display, Apple is also adding pixels to the screen as the new models have a resolution of 640 x 1136. That's an extra 176 pixels added down. The width of the screen will remain 1.9632 but will now be 3.484 inches tall and the aspect ratio will be close to 16:9.

There is also speculation that Apple will be working to maximize the extra real estate on iOS 6 by adding a fifth row of icons (not including the stationary icons, of course) and this is where the extra pixels come in to keep the screen a Retina display. Both of these models are said to have a home button and a smaller dock connector. The new dock connector is said to be a smaller version of the current 30-pin one and is said to be in between a micro USB connector and a mini one.

Considering that the last two Apple iPhone models ended up on the floor of a bar, we would imagine that the Cupertino based firm has tightened up security in terms of who can test a unit off-campus and who gets to take a prototype home.

source: 9to5Mac via Forbes



1. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

There are too many rumors bout this for it not to be true. Bravo, iPhone. About time.

12. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

I can't wait man

22. nak1017

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

So anyone going to say something about Apple copying Android? Can we finally stop talking about one company copying another?

49. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

you started and you're is very obvious that Apple is copying Android: statusbar, size, more accounts, notifications, maps, .... iOS will be the 2nd forever, bro ;) but still worse than Android.....iOS has just stopped innovations and is about 1-2 years behind Android

40. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

honestly where where you last year? I mean we even had a case of the redesigned iPhone 5 nothing was true

67. theNewDanger

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

There were a lot of Spring, Summer, and Fall rumors about that tear drop design coming out in last October's iPhone release, too. It's dumbfounding how people surmise that because there is mass churn in duplicative rumors that those claims must be fact.

2. Tjey007

Posts: 86; Member since: May 22, 2012

i dont know but seems iphone 5 wont shine this time unless they produce something far i havent seen any EXTRA.

13. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

So far u haven't seen jack, the phone isn't out yet dummy.

24. Tjey007

Posts: 86; Member since: May 22, 2012

you know what sheep...we all know that what apple is capable of and what maximum they can produce..there is no steve anymore as he could only worked on its design and god called him...maximum they can do is to wear it a premium dress and put a apple logo on it..thats it...from inside it will be always a boring iOS...get over it.

57. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Wait for the phone to be announced before you start criticizing. Otherwise you look kinda silly.

3. poojaroy

Posts: 52; Member since: Apr 29, 2012

never gona buy apple i phone it sucks..1st they said 3.5 inch screen is best and handy above 3.5 inch is useless n difficult to use....than y now increasing the screen size.we r not gona buy ur s**t ne more because wen i was buying phone i was confused btw iphone 4 and galaxy s2 but wen i heard frm apple 3.5 is best in hands galaxy s2 is more than 3.5 and will b uncomfortable.....fok u apple not gona buy this time

7. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

let me get this straight you are mad at Apple for incresing the screen size and most likely buy an Android with a bigger screen.. yes sir. you are a winner....

9. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

ROFL. I like your argument only because it is sooooo stupid it is legit.

14. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

Wowwww really lol

37. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

You should invest in grammar lessons instead of a new phone.

60. uzairkhan1994

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 04, 2012

typical android fan.... dnt hve ur mind straight but would never stop criticizing apple

4. wsucoug13

Posts: 164; Member since: May 04, 2012

I can see it now........ "Introducing the all new iPhone, with a larger than life 4 inch screen with retina display. With a screen this big blah blah blah..... " people will think it is a new and exclusive thing to have a large screen and sell millions. Do something innovative this time please!!! And no Siri and Facetime don't count cuz if we count that we have to count HTC's dumb little kickstand thing...

5. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

This would have been acceptable (for me, anyways) on the iPhone 4S, and I would've given picking one up much more consideration. As it stands now, though, I think Apple may be too little too late. For the last two years, the iPhone has competed not by screen size, but by screen quality, and its IPS display always bested Android offerings in terms of both pixel count and pixel density. With the introduction of 720p Android screens, however, everything changed. I don't think the iPhone has a competitive advantage in screen technology any more. On the contrary, they are at a major disadvantage to the likes of 720p S-LCD2 and SAMOLED screens.

25. ph00ny

Posts: 2055; Member since: May 26, 2011

isn't S-LCD2 just another branded version of IPS panel?

31. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

It may be a different brand of IPS display but every review I've read ranks it above the iPhone's display.

28. JeffdaBeat unregistered

Ask any consumer what the hell any of that means and I bet you 90% will have no clue. The general public doesn't care about any of that stuff...which is why Apple does so well. They show people what they can do with their phones and how it can help/change their lives. You can't cell a consumer device on specs that regular folks don't understand. For you, absolutely too little, too late. But there is a reason the iPhone is the most popular smartphone (not operating system) out there...and it isn't because Apple Fans choose to buy it or Android Fan choose not's because the general public does...

34. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

But how long will that Apple loyalty last in the general public? Again, up until VERY RECENTLY the iPhone could stand toe-to-toe with any Android device, display-wise. However, anybody will tell you that a 720p screen is better than a 640p screen objectively, no matter what Apple tells them. I would bet you that 90% of consumers know that more pixels = better display. PS: I'm not arguing that Apple does a good job telling consumers what an iPhone is good for, so please don't change the subject. My arguments address purely the issue of display quality. If you want to talk about how great the iPhone is as a whole, take it to some other article.

54. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

that's the thing tho...general public could care less about 720p, S-LCD2, SAMOLED. these are all termanologies that apply to the "techie" community. you could bring a 1080p screen but if that person's interest level on that feature is a 2 out 10 (10 being most interested) doesn't really matter. i think that's what JeffDaBeat was getting at. to talk about iPhone's screen clarity as a basis of losing a competitive edge when that's not the main (if any) reason people buy has no bearing b/c its not a relevant factor in the buying process to 85% of those users. Apple realizes that the population of users who don't care about those types of tech specs is larger than those who are concerned about intricate details like SAMOLED screens. so to have "last years" features is not Apple just being Apple, its about not losing their universal appeal w/their mobile platforms. you can't have a screen comparison argument about a phone when that's not a part of the majorities buying motive.

6. RCMizK3w1

Posts: 15; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

3.999 inches = Marketing technique by Apple

8. androidornothing

Posts: 143; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

This is Apple in a couple of months- " What weve done with the NEW iPhone is something fantastic and groundbreaking. We have made the screen .4' bigger witch makes it better for game play and movie watching" " And the display is so much beautiful, BETTER THAN ANY OTHER PHONE" " Now thats REVOLUTIONARY"

16. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Don't forget now with 5 tiles, THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING!

26. ph00ny

Posts: 2055; Member since: May 26, 2011

We put our fruit logo on the back!!!! That changes everything

10. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Not even 720p, the sheep should be disappointed, but they'll still buy it because it's made by Apple.

11. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

First off, phone arena mobile app is working flawlessly thanks! Lol Secondly, I hope they make the iPhone a lil wider along with it being taller. I'll be sticking with apple until windows 8 settles in around fall 2013.

15. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Apple said 3.5" display is best fit in your palm, so don't change it.

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