Reuters Report Claims Next iPhone Will Have Larger Retina Display
The iPhone’s display size hasn’t changed in, like, ever. In Apple-land it’s 3.5-inch or the highway. Unless a new report by Reuters is correct.
Apple is reportedly placing orders with suppliers for 4.6-inch Retina Displays. The new displays will be used in the next iPhone, due out sometime in the second quarter according to Reuters.
Those complaining of Apple’s “tiny” displays compared to some of the competition, if the report is true, will have a rather massive Apple handset to try and fit in their pants. The increased display size would allow Apple room to implement a A5X processor, or perhaps debut the still missing A6 processor. By comparison the Samsung Galaxy S II has a 4.65-inch display, and the Samsung Note (guh, stylus) has a 5-inch screen.
However, the likelihood of this rumor being true is likely low. Well the details anyway. Reports, including specs and thousands of cases designed for a larger iPhone surfaced last year before the iPhone 4S launch. The popular narrative is that Apple ran into production problems with a true iPhone 4 successor, and had prototypes with a larger screen floating around, hence the leaked specs, and thousands of useless cases. Still, these specs included a tapered design with a screen size of roughly 4.2-inches, not quite the massive 4.6-inches reported by Reuters.
Apple’s proven the company is willing to upgrade the displays of their devices, but changing the actual size of the display and the possible aspect ratio can create more problems for developers when producing assets for their apps. This is part of the problem the Android Marketplace has. Not every app can be optimized for a thousand different screens. I’m sure developers would welcome a change just as much as consumers would. As long as that change doesn’t include a stylus.