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Digitimes: iPhone 5 to Have 4-Inch Screen and A5 Processor

Digitimes is reporting that the next iPhone will sport a 4 inch screen, and an A5 processor. The rationale for a larger screen is to combat the larger displays of rival Android smartphones.

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.

Another report says Apple is reportedly outsourcing the production of its current A4 and next generation A5 chip to TSMC:

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

It’s been a busy day full of rumours, and here are two more interesting ones. I can see A5 being in the next iPhone, but a larger screen for iPhone 5? It’s possible, but the issue is having 300,000+ apps modified to support another iPhone model. It doesn’t make sense, as developers have already had to deal with the iPad and the Mac App Store.

What do you think? Do you find your current iPhone screen too small, or is it just the right size?

[Digitimes, 2]

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  • Stringer

    The size of the phone is more important to me; How it fits in my hand. If the screen size was enlarged by making an edge to edge screen and discarding the home button, I would be ok with it. But to enlarge the phone i think would be a negative for me. I don’t care that much. We’ll see what they come up with though. Apple has a way of making things work.

  • Anonymous

    > but a larger screen for iPhone 5? It’s possible, but the issue is having 300,000+ apps
    > modified to support another iPhone model.

    Larger screen does not necessarily mean changing resolution. Current resolution should be plenty enough for a 4″ screen. I would expect them to maintain the same retina display resolution but in a 4″ screen.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    The issue is not about changing resolution, it’s about modifying existing
    apps to accommodate another iDevice. That takes time.

  • Sarthak Shah

    Taking out the ‘home’ button for an edge-to-edge screen makes sense as that is a more efficient utilization of the screen real estate
    I dont believe Apple will be too keen on enlarging the phone itself

  • http://www.mobilecubix.com iPhone Application

    why users prefer mobile phone sizes?..it is correct that how mobile phone fit in my hand or others hands.i prefer those mobile phone who has large screen and camera almost 5 megapixel.

  • AnonymousGuy

    Even if they took the home button out and made the LCD edge-to-edge, it will most likely be slightly larger. Room still has to be made for the front facing camera and ear-speaker.

  • AnonymousGuy

    If the display has the same resolution and the A5 CPU is still single core, than current apps will be compatible. The only time when apps would have to be modified is if the display resolution has increased, and if A5 is a dual-core. All apps are coded for single core use only, but even then apps will still work, but will just run on 1 core only.

  • Ryleylamarsh

    I concur!

  • Ryleylamarsh

    Again. I concur. Im not sure where Gary is going with that one

  • Auto Strada

    agreed. the secret is in the resolution and grid system the apps were made in/with. provided it’s 320/480 and a fluid grid, changing the screen size won’t matter as much.

    funny, i learned about grid systems at school today :)

  • Brian

    It’s already pretty thin. A little wider wouldn’t bother me. And yeah, changing the screen size won’t matter for apps, they’d just keep the resolution the same. They’re future-proofed in that sense.

    One thing I’d really, really like is some sort of trackball feature with the home button, like the *gasp* BlackBerry. I went from an HTC Magic with a track ball to an iPhone 4 and the only thing I really missed was the ability to accurately place the text writing bar where I want to write/correct a word, without having to use that glitchy magnifying glass tool.

  • Anonymous

    a larger screen would mean redoing the retina display since with more pixels the density probably wont be “invisible to the naked eye”. it doesnt make sense to completely revamp the main selling point of the iphone 4 only one year after production. there will likely be a new iteration of the iphone 4 (like the 3g/3gs) that gies it better battery life, more functionality, maybe more ram (and/or a 64gb memory). most likely the next iphone after hte iphone 5 will be revamped. its the same in the automobile industry. every 2 years you have a mid-life refresh, and every 4 years is a complete redesign. it doesnt make sense to push a product then swap it right away.

    what i’d like to see implemented is a full OLED samsung screen :P

  • http://twitter.com/Xaroc  Xaroc

    I have been an iPhone lover for so long, I recently switched to My HTC Desire HD now and yes i still have my iphone lol but i want to see the other side of the world.

    one thing that stands out from the iphone is the touch sensitive buttons at the bottom, unlike iphone killing the need for a Banner at the top of the screen which has your Back button, Edit, options taking up more screen space. Having the buttons limits the needs to clutter the screen with on screen buttons giving you a much more open environment to work with.

    On the flip side, Android market sucks lol. but this large screen totally clear wide open view is amazing

  • randomrazr

    a phone is sppose to be portable. i think the iphone 4 is the perfect size. its not to big, and not to small. granted a bigger screen would be cool but, we want portable phones, not mini tablets LOL

  • Brian

    They could remove the home button from the front of the phone and relocate it to the right side opposite the volume and mute buttons.

    As for a larger screen, I wouldn’t mind it, and as long as Apple kept the resolution the same there would be no need for app developers to release new versions for the larger screen. Only down side is that it wouldn’t be as sharp looking as the iPhone 4’s display, but a 960×640 resolution on a 4″ screen is nothing to sneeze at, it’d still be sharp.

  • Hgd

    small

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