No 4-Inch iPhone 5 After All
Apple will buck the trend of bigger screens in the iPhone 5, either sticking with a 3.5-inch display or a slightly larger 3.7-inch screen according to the latest rumor.
A handful of reports from earlier this year claimed that the iPhone 5 would a have a 4-inch screen, thanks to an edge-to-edge design that makes better use of the phone's existing shape. But that's poppycock, say the rumor mongers at DigiTimes
, citing "sources from upstream panel suppliers." The iPhone 5's screen size will remain less than 4 inches, they claim.
To further dampen the mood, DigiTimes sources say any rumored specs you might've heard—say, an 8-megapixel camera, full HD video recording, a dual-core A5 processor and an ultra-thin industrial design—are merely "the market's expectations" for the iPhone 5, while in reality the iPhone 5 might not be much different than the iPhone 4 in terms of components. Do expect a metal chassis on the back of the phone instead of reinforced glass, those sources say.
I find it hard to believe that the next iPhone won't have a dual-core processor and an improved camera, and DigiTimes' report is kind of vague about refuting those rumors specifically.
But the report is pretty clear about striking down the rumor of a 4-inch screen. If true, that's too bad. Android phone displays have slowly been getting larger, with handsets like the HTC Sensation 4G proving that you can fit a 4.3-inch display into a svelte figure. Samsung's Infuse 4G, has gone even larger with 4.5-inch display, and Google's Nexus Prime is rumored to have the same screen size.
One-handed operation does get a bit tougher with these larger screens, but I'm sure Apple could expand to a 4-inch display without compromising ease of use. Apple is expected to release the iPhone 5 in October—according to more rumors, of course.