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  • Apple Upgrading iPhone 5 with 4-inch Screen and A5 Processor


    The iPhone 4 is starting to look a little short next to the competition. Rumors coming out of Asia today indicate that Apple may be increasing the screen size of the next iPhone model to 4-inches. This would put the iPhone in line with other smart phones currently on the market such as, the Droid X2 and Evo 4G, both of which have a 4.3-inch screen.

    According to a Digitimes report, “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.” Digitimes has a spotty track record, but I wouldn’t be too surprised if Apple did release an iPhone with a larger screen in the near future.

    There are also reports that Apple will upgrade the iPhone 5 to an A5 processor and that it will be based on the ARM Cortex A9 processor. The next version of the iPad is not expected to use this chip, however, but instead is expected to use an enhanced version of the A4 processor.

    With rumors continuing to swirl around the possibility of an iPhone nano, it looks as if Apple may be planning to expand the iPhone line considerably this year. Apple may not be expected to introduce any new products this year, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t hard at work improving existing product lines. The next time you upgrade your iPhone, you may have a few new options to choose from other than memory capacity.

    Source: AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Upgrading iPhone 5 with 4-inch Screen and A5 Processor started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 104 Comments
    1. cpotoso's Avatar
      cpotoso -
      Quote Originally Posted by Silverado87 View Post
      Agreed and then they can make 5 rows of icons instead of 4
      Already have this in my 3G... Thanks to cydia et al.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      The vast majority of people who think a 4inch screen on a phone is too big either haven't used one (no, not just "played" with one), or are too stuck up to admit that it's any good. I was there with all of you saying 4"+ screen is too big, but guess what? They fit in the same pockets, are essentially just as light, and the extra screen real-estate is amazing. Nearly everyone I talk to agrees. They hated the idea of a screen that size but once they started using it day to day they can't imagine going back. If you have REALLY small hands, I guess it could be a problem. Either way, nothing wrong with Apple actually giving us more choices than just the storage size on our phones.
      Steve Jobs has openly mocked the Evo and other 4"+ phones for their ridiculous size. A 4" iPhone simply won't happen. If you want a bigger iOS device than the iPhone the iPad is there for you.

      Another reason, also from Jobs, is the display. A 4" means one of two things:
      1. 4" screen, same resolution as 3.5" screen - This would put the display at around 288 DPI (someone feel free to double check my math). This would make it less than 300 which is what Jobs and Apple have been using as a talking and selling point of the Retina Display.

      2. 4" screen, same DPI as retina screen - This would end up creating a 3rd (4th actually) resolution for iOS devices. So without scaling, EVERY SINGLE APP would need to update their app to ensure universal compatibility.

      Seriously, this and the Nano are not happening. Not yet when the retina was just introduced last year.

      What's going to (possibly) happen this year:
      1. iPad refresh
      2. NOTIFICATION rehaul on the iOS environment.
      3. Free unicorns for everyone with an iOS.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Out of all the rumors being written about I hope this one actually happens, I would love a bigger screen on the iPhone as well as a faster one!
    1. XFaega's Avatar
      XFaega -
      Maybe the rumor of the no more home button might come true with increase of screen size. So the iPhone X remains the same size but a bigger screen and no home button. Who knows?????? Your guess is just as good as my guess.
    1. z6joker9's Avatar
      z6joker9 -
      My 4" Samsung Focus is barely larger than my iP4, but the screen looks huge in comparison. I do think that the 4.3" devices are generally too large for my tastes, but I could certainly stand a 4" device that trimmed size as much as possible.
    1. MXCO's Avatar
      MXCO -
      God no!!!!

      Them android phones are so huge I always make fun of android users for that reason!!

      I think the iPhone's 4 screen is perfect.(:

      I don't wanna be carrying a mini iPad around.
    1. The Amazing Atheist's Avatar
      The Amazing Atheist -
      Last night I had the most amazing dream ever. I'll share here it goes:

      A MEDIUM IPHONE! It's Not too big or too small!! Brilliant!!
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by Th3_Amazing_Ath3ist View Post
      Last night I had the most amazing dream ever. I'll share here it goes:

      A MEDIUM IPHONE! It's Not too big or too small!! Brilliant!!
      Woah! I hope we see that soon!
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      Woah! I hope we see that soon!
      Apple would never do that! That's crazy talk!
    1. l0k0's Avatar
      l0k0 -
      How long before someone finds one of these in a bar? Just to put the rumors to sleep.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      Steve Jobs has openly mocked the Evo and other 4"+ phones for their ridiculous size. A 4" iPhone simply won't happen. If you want a bigger iOS device than the iPhone the iPad is there for you.

      Another reason, also from Jobs, is the display. A 4" means one of two things:
      1. 4" screen, same resolution as 3.5" screen - This would put the display at around 288 DPI (someone feel free to double check my math). This would make it less than 300 which is what Jobs and Apple have been using as a talking and selling point of the Retina Display.

      2. 4" screen, same DPI as retina screen - This would end up creating a 3rd (4th actually) resolution for iOS devices. So without scaling, EVERY SINGLE APP would need to update their app to ensure universal compatibility.

      Seriously, this and the Nano are not happening. Not yet when the retina was just introduced last year.

      What's going to (possibly) happen this year:
      1. iPad refresh
      2. NOTIFICATION rehaul on the iOS environment.
      3. Free unicorns for everyone with an iOS.
      Just saying, Steve has mocked plenty of things, then turned around and deviced to implement them, claiming Apple did it "better". I am not at all saying this WILL happen, just saying most of the naysayers haven't tried it.
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      4" is too much. I want my phone to be smaller than my head, thanks. I find myself talking on the phone less than I used to, because it gets uncomfortable to hold a pancake up to my ear as it is.

      I'd rather see a better antenna design for AT&T versions. Part of what makes the phone uncomfortable is the way we have to hold it. I don't like having to have a "bumper" either, because they weren't designed to be used with dock-accessories, nor were the docks designed that way.

      Realistically, I know I'll catch crap for saying this; it's too big and too small. If they're not going to make a smaller version, they need to add a little more thickness, which would also allow for a bigger battery.

      I liked they way the 1st and 2nd/3rd fit my hand better. iPhone 4 may LOOK better, but it doesn't feel better.

      Function first, form second.


      Sent from my iPhone using ModMyi
    1. jhoshua's Avatar
      jhoshua -
      Even if they make it 100000 inches, people will still but it. It's apple.
    1. ShredNasty's Avatar
      ShredNasty -
      Oh wow. A mere 6-12 months behind the competition, Apple releases a restricted version. Revo-f*cking-lutionary! Yawn.
    1. magistar0's Avatar
      magistar0 -
      I also would like that iphone has bigger screen.I dont understand whats the problem.It is a little modification and experience is much better.I understand that all dev.will have to update apps but that is the point.Technology must go better,higher and bigger.I had some xperia with bigger screen and that is very good.4inch will be perfect,i wouldnt mind and 4.3. And for iPad i don t have money.
    1. smsjrtato's Avatar
      smsjrtato -
      Quote Originally Posted by shinygerbil View Post
      I'll wait for the iPhone Shuffle. No screen, one button, who will you call next??

      "Hey Mom...it's me...AGAIN. This random algorithm isn't very random..."


      On another note: all you people whining about these rumour posts, simply don't read 'em. It's the prerogative of the writers on this site to write what *they* wish to write about, which may not always be what *you* wish to read about. Or at the very least, if you feel you are being forced to read every article at gunpoint, you are surely not being forced to also write a whiny comment?
      hahaha iphone shuffle
    1. fchrist16's Avatar
      fchrist16 -
      Quote Originally Posted by shinygerbil View Post
      I'll wait for the iPhone Shuffle. No screen, one button, who will you call next??

      "Hey Mom...it's me...AGAIN. This random algorithm isn't very random..."


      On another note: all you people whining about these rumour posts, simply don't read 'em. It's the prerogative of the writers on this site to write what *they* wish to write about, which may not always be what *you* wish to read about. Or at the very least, if you feel you are being forced to read every article at gunpoint, you are surely not being forced to also write a whiny comment?
      ROTFL! SO true!

      Regards,

      -Frank C.
    1. anekin007's Avatar
      anekin007 -
      you must have small hands if you think 4" or 4.3" is too big. hope they do go bigger. im tired of my fingers hitting the wrong letters.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Quote Originally Posted by shinygerbil View Post
      I'll wait for the iPhone Shuffle. No screen, one button, who will you call next??

      "Hey Mom...it's me...AGAIN. This random algorithm isn't very random..."


      On another note: all you people whining about these rumour posts, simply don't read 'em. It's the prerogative of the writers on this site to write what *they* wish to write about, which may not always be what *you* wish to read about. Or at the very least, if you feel you are being forced to read every article at gunpoint, you are surely not being forced to also write a whiny comment?
      Someone must have been watching the iPhone Shuffle on Newgrounds.

      I love to see the iPhone be 4 inches.
    1. KBI2113's Avatar
      KBI2113 -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheJailbreakGenius View Post
      This just gets old Wiley. What the heck r u trying to tell us??? First, you go and disillusion everyone with your "smaller iPhone idea", that will never happen. And, you only reported it cuz Bloomberg did!
      Actually I first heard about the smaller iPhone possibility on CNN, so that wasn't smoke and mirrors.