iPhone 5 to Feature 4-inch Display?

By , Feb 15, 2011

Just when you thought there were enough iPhone 5 rumors for the day, another rumor drops. The latest rumor comes courtesy of Digitimes.

According to Digitimes, Apple’s next generation iPhone 5 will sport a 4-inch display, increasing from the current 3.5-inch display. Digitimes claims that the change comes to better compete with current Google Android handsets from HTC, Samsung, and Motorola…

The component suppliers noted that the production lines for Apple’s next generation iPhone have begun testing, and Apple is interesting in expanding the screen size to 4-inches to support the tablet PC market as the vendor only has a 9.7-inch iPad in the market.

Additionally, according to the same source, the next generation iPhone 5 will also feature an Apple A5 processor (possibly dual-core?), something we’ve been hearing for quite some time now. The A5 processor will directly compete with recently launched Android handsets sporting Tegra 2 dual-core processors.

Apple is reportedly looking to outsource the production of its A4 processor as well as the next-generation ARM Cortex-A9-based A5 processor to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), according to industry sources.

According to Digitimes Research, the iPad 2 will support an enhanced version of the A4 and the A5 will power the iPhone 5. TSMC will initially produce the improved A4, and could likely become the exclusive manufacturer of the A5.

While I like the current 3.5-inch screen on my iPhone 4, if Apple wants to keep up with the competition they will most definitely have to increase the screen size. And from personal experience, in my opinion, 4-inches is the perfect size; not too small, not too big.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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  • Night

    I like this as long as the extra screen takes the place of the borders, and does not increase the size of the phone, and I hope that with more screen comes more resolution.

    • Jason Masters

      In the end isn’t big always better?

      • Night

        If you have to fight with someone wouldn’t you prefer him to be small?

  • rizo g

    this actually makes sense .
    picture an iphone 4 and an ipad without a home button and slim bezels.
    like night said , as long as they dont increase the size of the phone itself
    because then it would feel like holding a remote instead of a phone

    • James

      Oh forgodsake. Would it really be that bad if they increased it just a bit. To the size of the 3GS maybe? It’s one of the smallest smartphones available! Too small imo!

  • Mike DeMaio

    I hope they only change the inside of the iPhone 5. The size is perfect now

  • Óríóyè

    This is gonna be lovely. U can’t wait. I hope the Dev Team is getting ready to be the first jailbreaker of it anyways.

  • Diggler

    Huhuhuhuh, 4 inches huhuhuhuh

  • Érico

    It would be nice!!

  • icyhotonmynuts

    Now it makes more sense to have a mini iPhone when you have a “colossal” 4″ display.

  • Joeyjojo

    I dont see the point! Im happy with the size it is now on the iphone4. Reason i didnt want an android or htc is because the screen was bigger causing the device to be bigger! If i wanted to carry an ipad aroind with me i would buy one! And it looks lile phones are goin to be getting bigger each time a new one comes out! Rant over! Lol. Good job im stuck in a 2yr contracy with my ip4 anyways!

    • sas

      hahahhahaha rofl

      phones keep getting bigger until there as big as a 20 inch tv hahahahahhaha roflcopter

  • Troy

    not that much bigger, just 2.5mm at an angle

  • Tabish

    Anything that can be done on 4″ is equally possible on 3.5″. Having said this 4″ will be gladly appreaciated IF it doesn’t increase the the current iPhone size….. this excessive size is where HTC and Samsung lost in HTC 4g, galaxy S and so on…