Rumour: iPhone 5 to feature a 4-inch screen; 3 possible models

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A new rumour circulating the Internet points towards Apple working on three different sizes for the iPhone 5, which is scheduled to launched this summer.

As reported by DigiTimes.com, Apple is working on a 4-inch model for the iPhone 5 to compete with Android's larger screens. As many consumers are already aware, Android handsets come in a variety of different sizes, some of which offer screens larger than four inches.

Apple's biggest competitor, Android, has been crowned the world's leading smartphone platform, putting pressure on Apple to change its market strategy and come out with new models. Recent rumours show that Apple is working on a smaller "iPhone nano"-like model, which will be cheaper, smaller model of the existing iPhone.

As Cnet report, Apple is working on three different styles of iPhone, including one with a slide-out keyboard and another with a longer battery life and upgraded camera. The interesting concept of an iPhone with a physical keyboard seems very unlike Apple, but with Android rapidly leaving iOS in the dust, Apple may just make radical changes to their hardware lineup.

Currently, the iPhone 4 comes with a 3.5-inch multi-touch display, so the change to a 4-inch model won't be a dramatic change. However, with all rumours, take this information with a grain of salt.

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They could fit a 3.8" screen within the size of the iPhone 4 case without much redesign, as long as they could cram the other components in too, simply making the screen taller to achieve a 5:3 aspect ratio like most other devices. This would require an extra 1/3" in height; there's enough room around the home button and top speaker to squeeze this in. Getting to 4" within the same size device at this ratio would be more of a squeeze and would need more careful thought about design, but perhaps possible...

Wasn't there a rumor of an on-screen gesture that could replace the home button? That would give Apple the room they need for a larger screen in the same form factor device.

Well, this is what industry always need: competition; the same is happening with the slate market, now MS has the pressure to come up with a OS capable to run on an iPad, and they can do it now that the importance of that market has been proved and we finally are moving away from those NintendoDS/netbook jokes.

...Android, has been crowned the world's leading smartphone platform...
...but with Android rapidly leaving iOS in the dust...
Gee, bias anyone?

I don't like the idea of a 5in iPhone. I think it's the perfect size for holding in your hand already. And different versions... I just hope this isn't true.

Panda X said,
I don't like the idea of a 5in iPhone. I think it's the perfect size for holding in your hand already. And different versions... I just hope this isn't true.

Nowhere does it say anything about a 5 inch iPhone. It talks about the iPhone 5 possibly having a 4 inch screen. Perhaps you misread that?

roadwarrior said,

Nowhere does it say anything about a 5 inch iPhone. It talks about the iPhone 5 possibly having a 4 inch screen. Perhaps you misread that?

so that's going to be 4" from outside corner to outside corner? or is the phone bigger than the screen size?

Buttus said,

so that's going to be 4" from outside corner to outside corner? or is the phone bigger than the screen size?

"3.5-inch multi-touch display, so the change to a 4-inch model"
pretty sure the actual touch screen will be 4"

Buttus said,

so that's going to be 4" from outside corner to outside corner? or is the phone bigger than the screen size?


Of course it is bigger than the screen size. However, no one normally refers to a phone by its outside dimensions, so it seemed that Panda X was confused.

I'll be very surprised if they released one with a keyboard. In the iPhone keynote, they had a dedicated slide talking about how they were (keyboards) limited.

yowan said,
They should really improve the battery life instead of aesthetic designs

Weird, I actually read the article and it didn't mention anything about aesthetic designs. All it talked about was hardware changes including saying something about "another with a longer battery life "

If Apple brought one out with a proper Qwerty keyboard then I would probably exchange in my non company phone. It's my major gripe with the phone Hardware wise

Unplugged said,
If Apple brought one out with a proper Qwerty keyboard then I would probably exchange in my non company phone. It's my major gripe with the phone Hardware wise

I don't think you'll ever see a physical keyboard on an iPhone. For those of us using the touchscreen keyboard, we find it to be more flexible and much more powerful, given that it can be changed dynamically.

Brian Miller said,
Remember kids, pockets aren't getting any bigger.
Its good if you got JNCO jeans but any of the new cruddy styles just wont cut it

Brian Miller said,
Remember kids, pockets aren't getting any bigger.

That's why you need to purchase Apple's new iPants accessory.

bush said,
So don't publish the rumors if they are to be taken with only grain of salt.

All rumours must be taken with a grain of salt. That's why they are called rumours.

vanx said,

All rumours must be taken with a grain of salt. That's why they are called rumours.

An article with "Rumour:" at the start of the headline is perfectly entitled to be entirely speculative.

what said,
An article with "Rumour:" at the start of the headline is perfectly entitled to be entirely speculative.
Have I stated anything to the contrary?

bush said,
So don't publish the rumors if they are to be taken with only grain of salt.

They're better than nothing - the world would be a more boring place.