Earlier today we shared an interesting theory with you regarding the argument for a four-inch iPhone. The case for the larger-screened device was laid out by a Verge forum member, and has since garnered some serious attention around the web.

So much in fact, that a mock-up of the conceptualized handset has already surfaced. 9to5Mac reader Spencer Caldwell created the image you see above, which gives us a good idea of what an iPhone with a 1152×640 display could look like…

The big deal here is that Apple could make the iPhone’s display larger without necessarily making the phone itself much bigger, if at all. The screen’s width would be the same as the current model’s, and the height would only be slightly taller.

But while a larger display would benefit both users and developers, it would also create some major problems. For example, would all of the App Store’s 500,000+ apps have to be updated for the new screen or face getting stretched/letter boxed?

Regardless, this is one of the more compelling arguments we’ve seen for a four-inch iPhone. And the mock-up doesn’t look half bad either.

What do you think?

  • I think it would look better if they ditch the Home Button

  • Anonymous

    Looks nice, yeah also not a big fan of the home button. If they make the screen bigger, the home button better go.

  • This looks freaking weird.. Would not buy it..

  • not cool at all.

  • Can’t wait to see the reaction of those people who keeping shouting for 4-inch

    3.5 is the best, isn’t it?
    If not, why not try android and its messy market?

    • Its market isnt messy.

    • Anonymous

      messy? have you tried it?

      Or your just so used to Gay-looking, Boring phone?

      • yes I have tried it.
        and it sucks!
        and it’s not a market anymore… it’s called google play I assume?
        and I rather stick with the gay-looking boring iPhone which is both aesthetically pleasing and user friendly and has the best GUI out there.

      • Anonymous

        You’re a fucking bellend, you clearly have no idea because it isn’t messy at all (I use both) and if you think Apple’s grey and green UI for everything and the ability to change a wallpaper and fuck all else is actually good then you are more retarded than you sounded in your posts.

      • Anonymous

        I wouldn’t say it is messy. But it could be a lot better as far as user experience, design and a couple other small tweaks. And the iPhone is far from boring looking. Having a big clock and date and the sun shining on your lock screen doesn’t make it any better. It about the way the os works in general. I’ve owned a couple android phones and a galaxy tab. Laggy and choppy scrolling, rebooting and crappy support now that’s gay.

      • Anonymous

        You also have a biased opinion, Samsung are shit, i’ve used many Android devices and they were far from laggy so just because you picked a shit phone doesn’t make your generalistic comment the truth … As for the lockscreen shit, who cares about the sun, you get that issue on virtually every phone, the fact that Android as an OS allows the user to choose is something Apple suck ass at, they are control freaks and let the user do as little as possible if it deviates from how they think it should look or work .. I hate fanboys, full stop but I hate a biased opinion or an uneducated opinion, much like that idiot you replied to but one thing i’ve come to learn over the years is that Apple fanboys are far more immature than any other, pathetic tbh, probably all spoilt kids who’s balls haven’t even dropped yet.

      • Anonymous

        I like how BatesOut educated you about spouting drivel, listen is it a coincidence everywhere you post people think you a biased moron…I think not, you’re perfect example of an ibot freak the truly incompetent, if you where more like me you would be open to all operating systems, instead of rambling on with your subjective opinions.

    • when i say messy, i mean some app is not able to use on some models,
      and some non-free apps are free-of-charge to install once you have the apk files

      • Kok Hean

        Therefore, you meant that the applications are not compatible with all devices.

      • Kok Hean

        Therefore, you meant that the applications are not compatible with all devices.

      • Anonymous

        Fragmented I suspect is what you were trying to say.

      • Just curious which one or which part of them you think is better, between iPhone and android

      • Anonymous

        The android phones I had were the htc evo 4g and a Samsung galaxy s. And they were both shit. Hardware and os combined. The evo was falling apart after 10 days of having it. The screen was falling off. It didn’t charge right. The sense UI would force close and freeze up. Half of the stock apps didn’t work. There were wifi problems galore. And is was all around buggy as hell. And these problems took months to resolve. I retired it way before then. The galaxy was not as bad but still had many problems. And yes they lagged and rebooted on their own. And you people say iPhones have problems. Oh wait they where all bs and quickly debunked. Haters will hate. And I have a computer science degree douchebag so I don’t know who you are calling uneducated. I’ve been using computer before half of you were thought of.

    • Kok Hean

      Not messy at all.

    • Kok Hean

      Not messy at all.

    • Kok Hean

      Not messy at all.

  • Nobody gonna buy it..

    • Anonymous

      Don’t hold your breath.

  • Anonymous

    If this is true it would be very stupid!!! Make the 4in screen wide, not long!!! Also I don’t think apple will do away from a home button for a long time!

    • Anonymous

      Wider and still that short? Did you think before you clicked? Did you imagine how will you reach the corners with one hand? Have you imagined watching a 1080p video with that, are you proposing a new resolution size and new aspect ratio?

      oh wait. in the first place, are you proposing a SQUARE iPhone? geez..

      • Anonymous

        My mistake I should have phrased it better. I mean that apple should focus more on making it wider too, not just long. Think about it, there are android phones that have a 4in wide screen and a long one. With apple just making it longer I think it’s kinda dumb, but that’s just my opinion. After all, this is just a rumor right? I mean it’s hard at times to predict what apple will come out with months before a release.

      • Anonymous

        My mistake I should have phrased it better. I mean that apple should focus more on making it wider too, not just long. Think about it, there are android phones that have a 4in wide screen and a long one. With apple just making it longer I think it’s kinda dumb, but that’s just my opinion. After all, this is just a rumor right? I mean it’s hard at times to predict what apple will come out with months before a release.

  • Derrius Anthony-Casey

    disgusting .. hope it doesnt happen like this .

  • Jonathan Fletcher

    It would show movies better, tho…

    • Anonymous

      Exactly. And games.. and still reachable, try holding a 4″ Galaxy S and prove us wrong (im not telling you to buy, specially fanboys, just try holding)..

      • Anonymous

        Your right the galaxy s is a great phone to hold but the os is horrible. And this being my second time trying an android. Good thing I won it and didn’t have to pay for it. Anyway I wouldn’t mind a bigger screen on the iPhone four inches at the most. But I much rather have a newer design and a little tweaking in the os.

  • Daniel

    There is a reason why Apple has stayed at a 3.5 inch screen. Your thumb can reach all 4 corners while holding the phone with 1 hand.

    • Anonymous

      So the size of all the hands in the world are the same?

      Big Guys like me holding 3.5″ makes them look sooo gay..

    • Anonymous

      I have a 5.3″ screen on the galaxy note and can reach all 4 corners with one hand. Granted, not easily, but definitely possible once you get comfortable with it. Touching two corners is pretty easy, and I type like that a lot. You just learn to hold the phone more at the ends of your fingers instead of in your palm. A little strange to get used to, but not bad.

      • Anonymous

        Dam. How long are your thumbs?

  • The next generation iPhone will not look like the iPhone 4. I know this for a fact.

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    I’d be surprised if the new iPhone is only 4″ small. And more surprised if it’s done using the dimensions of that mock up. That thing is hideous and the aspect ratio is terrible compared to 3:2 used by most other phones. That aspect ratio gains nothing useful. One of, if not *the* best thing about a bigger screen (same aspect ratio, so wider screen) is being able to navigate the web more effectively without having to zoom and scroll EVERYTHING just to read it comfortably. What is gained by having more vertical room? There really isn’t a need for it in comparison to the need for more horizontal room. I suppose it would make landscape viewing of things better, but marginally as it will still feel limited by that width (height in landscape).

    I would think Apple is looking more to something with a reduced bezel size, and maybe a *slightly* wider design, to accommodate a bigger screen with more effective width. Most people will buy whatever they put out, but I truly think the consumers would be happier if they went this route.

    To be perfectly honest, what Apple needs more than a marginally bigger screen and a new physical look, is a revamped OS. iOS is really old and stale. It is very efficient and gets the job done wonderfully, but it’s very outdated feeling considering we have been staring at essentially the same thing for almost 5 years. I’m willing to bet that even if apple offers a slightly bigger screen, a new physical look, and all of the other goodies we can expect (faster processor, better camera, yada yada), people will be VERY excited at first, and then when they get it and use it, and realize it’s really still pretty much the same ole thing, I think some of that excitement will fade, and they will be left really wanting something more. They might not be able to put their finger on what it is that they want, but it will be a new OS. Maybe not this year, maybe not next, but sometime soon, Apple is going to find themselves in trouble if they don’t do a complete overhaul of iOS. I really do think that new hardware can only take them so far if all it can do is make their same dinosaur OS run just a little faster.

    • Anonymous

      “iOS is really old and stale”

      – Yup I agree. Whack-An-App style for 5 straight years.

      “best thing about a bigger screen (same aspect ratio, so wider screen) is being able to navigate the web more effectively without having to zoom and scroll EVERYTHING just to read it comfortably”

      – Re-flow text wrapping after zooming is a common technology right? I really haven’t had any problems concerning that. or are you also using an iPhone that’s why?

  • Change the look as much as possible please, apple.

  • Really looks similar to a Samsung Galaxy S II. I really Like it though, still has a strong iPhone look to it.

  • Ewww it is…
    Trust me apple will find a way to make screen bigger without hampering there appstore ecosystem…maybe they ll launch a retina+ display that will incoporate double the pixels as of iphone 4…
    Ps: it is apple they wont give any chance to their competitors to overtake them…

  • No good! It needs to be wider too.

  • this is great, just perfect to watch movies with the iphone

  • this is great, just perfect to watch movies with the iphone

  • And what do you think?

  • They can make a banana phone.So the screen gehts bigger and not so wide.Apple Nexus

  • Anonymous

    Dajavu I’m sure this image was used just before the 4s landed
    The iPhone rumour mill is like a merry go round
    And we are back on the 4 inch display
    A 4 inch display would be great but I don’t think they will do it

  • I have pretty long fingers but even so I think a 4 inch iPhone screen would suck. I like holding my phone with one hand and my thumb can reach everywhere on the screen. If a person really thinks a larger phone is what they need switch to android or port iOS to a larger phone and prove Apple wrong lol

  • Anonymous

    Why do the consumer mock-ups always look better than the actual product released? You guys are great!

  • It’s a longer iPhone 4. This mock-up is pretty much a no brainer.

    The only decent concept iPhone was the tear-drop. That actually looked sweet.

  • I don’t think they will change the design.

  • none sense guessing …

  • Anonymous

    Eww…

  • Anonymous

    Now that’s an iPhone! If the new iPhone is anything like that I would buy in a heart beat!!!! Only thing I don’t like is the square home button, oval like the 1 shown by 9to5 Mac is better, it lookes nicer too.