Reuters: new iPhone 5 to have a 4.6 inch display. Is Apple finally getting rid of the tiny 3.5 inch screen?
The Retina Display on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S may be gorgeous, but its size makes it so 2007, and just SMALL when compared to what other high-end smartphones are offering. Even low-end handsets now come in 3.5 inch flavors.
So Apple may have finally decided it’s time for its smartphone to grow up, literally.
Quoting a Korean publication, Reuters has it that the new iPhone – possibly called iPhone 5 – will feature a 4.6 inch Retina Display. Apparently, the Cupertino company has placed orders to its display suppliers (Samsung and LG) for the new screen, and is getting ready to release the iPhone 5 “around the second quarter.”
While I do think that the new iPhone’s screen will be larger than 3.5 inches, I find it hard to believe that Apple wants to make the device so big (as to accommodate a 4.6 inch display). But we’ll see, right?
Reuters is semi-erroneously reporting that Samsung’s Galaxy S II (launched last year) already uses a 4.6 inch display. In reality, some S II versions (including the original i9100) have 4.3 inch screens, some 4.5 inch screens, and only a few, introduced towards the end of 2011, go up to 4.65 inches.
Samsung may use a 4.7 inch display for its upcoming Galaxy S III, which will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and could hit the market in April, coming as one of the new iPhone’s main competitors.