Apple Working on 4-Inch Display for iPhone 5 – WSJ

The iPhone’s 3.5-inch display is looking a bit small to some users, and according to multiple sources Apple may finally introduce a larger 4-inch display in the new iPhone this fall.

This isn’t the first time that We’ve heard about a larger iPhone, in fact many analysts and publications expected a larger iPhone last fall.

Read: iPhone 5 Release Date & Rumors

According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple is coordinating with LG, Sharp and a third company representing three Japanese firms to order larger 4-inch displays.

According to the suppliers Wall Street Journal spoke to the new iPhone manufacturing would need to start one nd a half to two months before an iPhone 5 release date, ruling out a June launch at WWDC next month.

Watch Juro Osawa discuss the iPhone 5 timeline and potential for a larger iPhone 5 display in this video.

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We have seen many small leaks including a few internal parts claiming to be for the iPhone 5, and we have also seen a number of great looking iPhone 5 mock-ups with a 4-inch display, but so far we have not seen any conclusive evidence regarding a larger screen on the new iPhone.

Making Sense of 4-inch iPhone 5 Rumors

Most of the sources claiming to have inside knowledge about a 4-inch display on the iPhone 5 also include information that discredits them.

iLounge claims the new iPhone will have a 4-inch display, but also that it will come with a new aspect ration and a new smaller dock connector. iLounge has access to insider sources, but it is difficult to believe that the iconic Apple dock connector will change without any additional corroboration.

4-inch iPHone 5

iLounge claims this is what a 4-inch iPhone 5 may look like.

Other rumors claim that a 4-inch iPhone is a done deal, but that it will launch in June, an unlikely time considering Apple will likely announce iOS 6 and new MacBook Pro models at WWDC, not the iPhone 5.

Will Apple Ever Make a Larger iPhone?

While many users clamor for a larger iPhone display, Apple may not increase the size. One argument says that the 3.5-inch display is perfectly suited for one hand operation, as shown in the illustration below.

no four-inch iPhone

Larger screens inhibit one-handed iPhone operation.

With a higher resolution Apple has kept pace with the competition and thanks to the current ecosystem, and success of the iPhone 4S, with no changes in appearance, Apple may stick with a smaller screen size.

While Android phone sizes are growing closer to that of a small tablet, in a poll of 2,760 readers, 54% say they want a 3.5 inch Android smartphone, so Apple’s consumer research may show that most users don’t really want a larger smartphone.

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Comments

  1. therealcbone says

    God, I’m sick of that one-hand operation range image. The infant are they using to illustrate that is an idiot. My 2 year old figured out shifting the center line of the phone towards his fingertips to take better advantage of the wide range of his entire thumb complex so he could fire up Phineas and Ferb on my phone while he drank his milk with the other hand.

  2. dstrauss says

    Why can’t they just go edge-to-edge and fit a 4″ screen in the current form factor? I’m in that 54% with NOT WANTING a larger form factor device, just some more screen real estate PLEASE!

    AND SKIP MAKING IT THINNER! It is already a great “thickness” device – just pack it full of batteries if you have left over space with the new electronics and antennae assembly for heaven’s sake.

  3. XerxesGFX says

    apple is so stupid why dont they make a phone thats a ggod size like 4.7″ then it might be a piece of crap still but at least it doesnt look like a phone for little kids with small hands ha android all the way!!! my new Evo will be so much better even if apple is suing HTC for making a better phone and dont even say that they are not becuase you know they are. Apple is just scared because they know that the one X and the Evo 4g LTE is so much better Phone then the iPhone

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