Rumor: iPhone 5 to Have 4-Inch Screen

What is best in life? An iPhone with a bigger display. Reports are coming in that Apple is planning for the iPhone 5 to have a 4-inch screen. Current models of the iPhone measure 3.5 inches from corner to corner, so provided Apple keeps the screen dimensions proportional, that’ll mean a 30% viewing area increase.

Everything that’s flying around right now is rumor, speculation, and secrets whispered over fences, but according to the report, people who are ‘close to the situation’ (as Reuters puts it) claim that Apple has already begun putting out orders for the new displays in South Korea and Japan. Supposedly, production is gearing up to begin around August.

If Apple is indeed looking to enlarge its screens, they’re almost certainly being pushed into action by its main competitor, Samsung. Earlier this month, Samsung revealed its new Galaxy smartphone, which has a 4.8 inch touchscreen. Samsung became the world’s largest cellphone maker earlier this year, and sold 45 million smartphones in the first quarter of 2012.

The iPhone faces direct competition from smartphones with bigger screens, like Samsung’s Galaxy series.

Samsung’s looming shadow probably isn’t the only motivator Apple has for looking into bigger screens (provided that is indeed what is going on with the iPhone 5). iPads, Kindles, and other tablets are becoming go-to instruments for gaming, reading, and watching video on the go. A phone with a 4-inch screen is no replacement for a tablet, but it should be enough to convince people to assign even more tasks to their iPhone when they’re on the go.

[via Reuters]

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