iPhone 5 to rock larger display?

iPhone 5 to rock larger display?It’s not the first time we’ve heard such rumours, but when The Wall Street Journal sticks its big respectable beak in, people tend to listen. No offense, Digitimes.

WSJ is pouring a can of lighter fuel on the rumour fire suggesting the iPhone 5 will have a larger display. Interessante.

The whispers come courtesy of “people familiar with the matter”, who reckon the iPhone 5 display will leap to 4 inches diagonally. That’s a good half inch over the current iPhone 4S.

Indeed, every iPhone, from the humble 2G to the house of Siri, has rocked a 3.5in display.

However, times are a-changing, and Apple’s rivals are adopting ever-increasing displays.

In early 2011, manufacturers were very much focused around the 4 and 4.3in mark (Samsung Galaxy S II, HTC Sensation, Motorola Atrix, etc), but the latest flagships from HTC, LG and Samsung weigh in closer to 5in.

Other iPhone 5 rumours doing the rounds suggest the iPhone 5 might retain the current width, and simply stretch up the way, changing the aspect ratio in the process.

Well, your Head Apple Fanboy (ahem) is certainly open to the iPhone 5, but I ain’t going near it if it’s 3.5in. Size matters, Apple. Make it a big one.

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Pondlife  May. 17, 2012 at 11:23

If they are doing that stretching out it doesn't seem likely that it'd get the old ipad resolution as we'd also heard rumoured/made up as the aspect ratio is moving away from that.

satchef1  May. 17, 2012 at 14:51

I saw an explanation the other day as to how/why it would probably stretch. Basically, stretching is just win. It allows compatibility with most docks, provides little to no problems where apps are concerned (at worst games developed for older devices will have borders), let's them keep within their 'retina display' criteria and means video will now (almost) fill the display. Basically, it makes sense. Making the display wider/heading above 4" doesn't as it would cause compatibility problems with docks/apps and would mean developers would have a third distinct resolution to cater for.

Pondlife  May. 17, 2012 at 15:05

Don't they have a bit of leeway with the dock adaptors bulking out the area for a slightly wider one to fit in, especially as 4 was smaller than 3.
Surely to get 5mm longer diagonal shouldn't take too much width?
If it assumed the ipad/ipad2 resolution though the extra resolutions wouldn't be an issue.


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