iPhone 5’s display will measure at least 4 inches, new report claims
As everyone should already know, every iPhone released by Apple until now has the same screen size, from the 2007 original (and 3G-less) version, to the 2011 iPhone 4S: 3.5 inches. This was nice when the first iPhone models came out, but it’s too small now, when all the Android flagship phones have displays measuring at least 4 inches (see the Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC One X, LG Optimus 4X HD, Sony Xperia Ion etc).
Of course, the Retina Display used by Apple on the latest two iPhones, with its 960 x 640 pixel resolution, is quite awesome. Still, 3.5 inches is simply not a good size for the screen of a high-end smartphone in 2012.
So Apple should do something about this, right? Well, The Wall Street Journal quotes people familiar with the matter, saying that Apple’s next iPhone will have a screen that “measure at least 4 inches diagonally.” There’s no info on the resolution used, but I highly doubt it will be the old 960 x 640 one. It’s said that production for the 4+ inch displays “is set to begin next month”, hence in June. This should give Apple enough time for a new iPhone launch sometime in the third quarter of the year.
It is not the first time we’re hearing about a possible larger screen on the new iPhone. Reuters had a story about this in March, claiming that the new smartphone that’s about to come out of Cupertino (or from Taiwan and China, if we’re taking the matter literally) will feature a 4.6 inch display.
Apart from a larger display, the next iPhone – expected to be officially called iPhone 5 (or maybe not?) – should feature LTE connectivity (which is a must in the US now for any handset that’s considered high-end), a quad-core processor, and possibly a heavily redesigned unibody aluminum case. We should expect lots of software enhancements, too.
In any case, the next iPhone is likely going to be a commercial hit, just like all the older version. In the first quarter of 2012, Apple sold 35.1 million iPhones, grabbing 24.1% of the world’s smartphone market share.
An iPhone Nano might also be introduced by Apple later this year. And perhaps this will keep the 3.5 inch screen size. We’ll see, won’t we?