Rumor: Apple testing new iPhones with 3.95-inch, 1136 x 640 displays

By , May 22, 2012

Reports that Apple will be finally increasing the screen size of its next-generation iPhone have certainly been piling up over the past few weeks. And today, the credible 9to5Mac is throwing its proverbial hat into the ring.

The site has just published a report that, if true, confirms a number of existing theories regarding Apple’s next handset including display size and resolution, and the oft-rumored smaller charging port. Read on for details…

According to the report, Apple is currently testing multiple new iPhone prototypes. This echoes a previous story from iMore that claimed that the company has yet to decide on a finalized design for its next smartphone.

“Right now we know of a few next-generation iPhone candidates in testing. These prototype phones are floating around Apple HQ in thick, locked shells in order to disguise the exterior design to “undisclosed” employees. We know of two next-generation iPhones in testing with a larger display: the iPhone 5,1 and iPhone 5,2.”

The site isn’t quite sure which model will make it to retail shelves, but it says that both of the devices include new displays that measure 3.95-inches diagonally with resolutions of 1136 x 640. This matches up with the recurring 4-inch iPhone theory, which says that the display will get a bit taller but stay the same width, that has been floating around for the past month.

The report also mentions that both of the prototypes feature all-new, smaller dock connectors — another concept we have heard before.

“Apple will be bringing these dock connectors to all of their iOS devices over time, and it is note exactly a “pill-shape” as rumored. It’s basically a much narrower version of the current squared off (on the corners) dock connector. It is between the size of a Micro-USB and Mini-USB connector.”

Even with 9to5Mac’s accurate track record on the iPhone rumor front, it’s worth noting that these devices are still in the prototype phase and may never see the light of day. Not to mention that Apple has been known to float around  “fake” prototype models to discourage leaks.

That being said, the report does line up rather nicely with several previous dispatches. And from where we’re sitting, it definitely looks like Apple will be releasing a redesigned iPhone this fall with a larger display and a new dock connector.

What do you think?

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  • http://twitter.com/myorangeisstuck willie

    Really want to see them.

    • http://twitter.com/Chindavon Chindavon

      Hey guys, don’t ever say that on your first date! Consider that your tip of the week.

  • http://twitter.com/nAcolz Acolz

    Please no! I love the iPhone as it is. I have old 3GS and the size/shape is perfect

    • http://twitter.com/Chindavon Chindavon

      People are still Rockin’ a 3GS these days?

    • Anonymous

      If you’re happy with the 3GS, why do you care what a new one looks like? Just keep what you have.

      • Anonymous

        lol if you stop and think, really, why?

  • Laszlo Gaspar

    This would defiantly improve gameplay.

  • http://twitter.com/VFrancescaB Veronika Francesca

    blah, the longer one is disgusting…the other concepts are much likable…

  • Anonymous

    I was hoping the iPhone 6th Gen would not only have a longer, but a wider screen as well. Kind of disappointing if it’s only just a little. Maybe I’ll be switching to a windows mobile phone after all, I’m still in hopes for something better than this rumor.

    • http://www.facebook.com/derfaust.mobile Der Faust

      no you wont….lol :)

    • http://twitter.com/therealjdizzle Jason Masters

      That’s what she said!!

  • http://twitter.com/appleatw Laura

    Aha time to switch to android

    • http://www.facebook.com/derfaust.mobile Der Faust

      woot….fragmentation for everyone!….android is cute and all…..but man…..it is not worth the frustration(i switched twice)….

      • Anonymous

        Yeah so did I. But I learned what garbage android was the first time around.

    • http://twitter.com/Chindavon Chindavon

      I’d rather gouge out both of my eyes than switch to Android.

  • Raschmin Steinbrecher

    1200×800

  • http://twitter.com/jake1047s jacob wolin

    Whooo I’m excited for a changed iPhone

  • http://twitter.com/BertBoit brett vrellas

    I really doubt the device will get bigger to facilitate a bigger screen. That’s not very apple like

  • Kok Hean

    That’s what chronic said on Twitter.

  • Anonymous

    What’s wrong with everyone using micro-usb? I hate having to have a million different leads.

    • http://twitter.com/therealjdizzle Jason Masters

      A million? There’s only two palled and the rest???

      • Anonymous

        Not just phones, other devices as well (like bluetooth headsets).

  • http://twitter.com/amad_ahmed01 Amad

    Why are people so againist change. I bet when the new iphone comes out with a bigger screen people will love it and forget about 3.5″ screens.

    • http://twitter.com/Chindavon Chindavon

      It definitely needs to be at least a 4 inch screen. Slight change, but big enough difference for typing, especially for people with big fingers/hands.

  • Anonymous

    I think pigs really can fly.

  • http://twitter.com/therealjdizzle Jason Masters

    It sure will be funny like last time when all those idiots made those new iPhone cases for the supposed new iPhone and then apple dropped the 4S lol!!

  • Joshua Rawlings

    It just doesn’t look right to me. I personally don’t like the longer look. I believe certain aspect ratios have to be kept constant.

  • http://twitter.com/Nullbrand Niclas Ullbrand

    How the fuck are you supposed to reach the top icons and statusbar with one hand?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Zeljko-Nikolic/1646404156 Zeljko Nikolic

    it is really time for an apple worker to loose his prototype iphone 5 in a bar.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001448440666 Gilberto Mejia

    cant wait for it hopefully itll look great i love the iphone i had the evo 4g and i hated it and my friend had a ipad at the time and that made me go back to the iphone and to get the ipad2