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  • New Report Claims Next iPhone Will Have Larger 16:9 Screen

    Rumors of a larger iPhone display refuse to die and like most urban legends have little actual evidence to support their legitimacy. That said, another display rumor has surfaced claiming Apple is currently testing two new prototypes of the next generation iPhone.

    While it’s not a huge revelation that Apple is testing one of their products before it’s released, the screens of the prototype iPhones reportedly feature a vertical resolution of 1136 pixels, up from the current generation's 960 pixels. The increased resolution also increases the diagonal height of the phone to 3.95 inches, feeding into rumors of a 4-inch display.

    These prototype phones are floating around Apple HQ in thick, locked shells in order to disguise the exterior design to “undisclosed” employees. We know of two next-generation iPhones in testing with a larger display: the iPhone 5,1 and iPhone 5,2. These phones are in the PreEVT stage of development and are codenamed N41AP (5,1) and N42AP (5,2). Because Apple reserves certain models for internal-only usage (such as the N96 phone we previously reported on), we’re not sure which of the two devices will make its way into the world later this year. — 9to5Mac
    Apparently the iOS 6 will take advantage of the taller screens by adding support of an extra row of icons. Also, the new resolution puts the iPhone’s screen aspect ratio very close to 16:9, which would mean native support for 16:9 videos.

    I don’t doubt Apple employees are testing cloaked devices on the Cupertino campus, but I do doubt that Apple plans on implementing a 16:9 screen ratio in their next phone. It’ll make the device awkwardly long, creat problems for developers and non-16:9 content, as well as kill the scaling ease of the 4:3 iPad screen and the 3:2 iPhone screen.

    Source: 9to5Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: New Report Claims Next iPhone Will Have Larger 16:9 Screen started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 49 Comments
    1. Carvensno's Avatar
      Carvensno -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jahooba View Post
      That would be a very strange resolution. Video would display better, but that's about it. Besides, who plays lots of movies on their tiny phone anyway? Get an iPad.

      Maybe this is an iPod Touch screen?
      I watch movies on my iPhone while at dr offices or killing time somewhere. Sorry but I don't have an extra 400-800 to drop on a iPad plus for my needs I don't need one. My iPhone does everything I need!
    1. Greatbiguns's Avatar
      Greatbiguns -
      Lets Do This....

    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Greatbiguns View Post
      Lets Do This....

      is that the prototype lol
    1. MMX007's Avatar
      MMX007 -
      I agree! Keep the dimension the same as it is now but, increase the display area. There's a lot of space wasted on the top and bottom currently which definitely could be used for a 16:9 aspect ratio and remove the hardware home button (I hardly use it - if you tweak it cleverly with Activator JB option) and have a dynamic soft Home button instead. Listen up Apple! 😜
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      If you want a larger screen an soft buttons, you have that option. Just go Android.

      Apple did a lot of research to come up with the screen size and a single home button. Hopefully they will notlisten to people that want to change it.
    1. Co1d Night's Avatar
      Co1d Night -
      So, it'll look like an Android?
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      This doesn't prove anything since he said "one resolution." This means he's only referring to there being one iPhone model per generation, not that they never change resolution or screen size.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      I don't think they will change the screen size (I certainly hope not) but this does seem to suggest that they won't change the aspect ratio.