WSJ: iPhone getting larger screen

According to a new report, Apple's next iPhone will feature a larger screen. The new screen will measure "at least" 4 inches, according to the report.

If the report, published by The Wall Street Journal, is accurate, it would mark the first time Apple has changed the physical size of the iPhone's screen (the company increased the 3.5 inch screen's resolution by introducing the Retina display for the iPhone 4). Apple has reportedly contacted its Asian production chain members to begin work on the new display. The Wall Street Journal's claims are as follows:

Apple Inc., which is expected to launch its next-generation iPhone later this year, has ordered screens from its Asian suppliers that are bigger than the ones used in iPhones since they debuted in 2007, people familiar with the situation said.

Production is set to begin next month for the screens, which measure at least 4 inches diagonally compared with 3.5 inches on the iPhone 4S, the latest phone from Apple, the people said.

Multiple display manufacturers are working on the new screen, according to the report, including LG Display, Sharp and Japan Display, a company which was created last month as a joint venture between Sony, Toshiba, Hitachi and the Japanese government.

The new iPhone is expected to feature a brand new design and launch later this year. Displays are rumored to be a large focus for Apple this year, with the new MacBook Pro rumored to be gaining a Retina display, as well as the new MacBook Air and iMac.

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Watching a video on my friends iPhone last night it did seem way too small compared to my G Nexus - it's also heavier too. Apple need to react to the obvious trend of large screen, light and thin phones. The current iPhone is a small brick (and a glass one at that).

I walk a lot in the forests in the summer with no bags, food, drinks or other equipment, so I'm actually hoping for a mini iPhone that will fit my pockets while walking wherever I want. My current Android phone has a 2.55" screen and is smaller than an iTunes gift card (Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 Mini) and is an excellent choice when you carry the absolute minimum, which is a few clothes, home keys and a phone.

I have a 4s now and came from a Samsung Captivate. My wife has an EVO 4G.

While I like the polish of the iPhone and iOS in general, the 3.5" screen really is too small once you've actually used a nice size phone for a reasonable amount of time.

3.5 inch is way too small guys. What is this phobia over phones with 4+ in displays? Texting is easier with a bigger screen, as is video viewing, gaming, photo galleries etc. I'd welcome an iPhone with a 4.5 inch screen. It's not just a trend to go bigger, but it's a good decision as far as functional design is concerned.

Isn't being bigger better? Thats what the misses tells me, haha

Nah to be honest, I think the iPhone has a perfectly good sized screen for it's needs, won't ever hurt being bigger, obviously not. But not anything I'd say the iPhone needs

Confused... a 4 inch screen could just be just a smaller iPad? maybe they'll call it the iPid (iPhone in Disguise)

I was doing some tests with a friend this morning, his Iphone 4s next to my Lumia 900. I was explaining to him, (before we started testing) that I felt the tech press had been insanely unfair, and innaccurate in their inisistance that the "superior resolution" of the Iphone made it really stand out next to the "inferior" WinPho resolution.

As we continued to voice search for colors, the Iphone continued to run him around in circles looking for the right way to ask the question, while the Lumia consistently, using the images screen on Bing, brought up color example after color example correctly.

Then we would tap on the exact same images over and over, and over and over he was shocked at how much better those images appeared on the Lumia. I was not shocked at all, as this has been my experience all along. They do need to fix some camera issues on the Lumia though.

I love when this happens, and it happens all the time.
JF

I've never liked the bigger phones. I've carried around a galaxy s2. My dad haa a note which is obnoxiously huge. I've tried carrying that thing around not happening. Anyway, If apple does go big I hope 4 is the biggest. Pockets aren't getting bigger.

Good move. I've been known to switch phones a lot, but it's hard to impossible to go from a larger Windows Phone back to iPhone. Buying peripherals for iPhone so I'm still a user. If I get tried of waiting for them for Windows Phone and get a Bluetooth Heart Rate Monitor for iPhone, I'll probably switch back.

MorganX said,
Good move. I've been known to switch phones a lot, but it's hard to impossible to go from a larger Windows Phone back to iPhone. Buying peripherals for iPhone so I'm still a user. If I get tried of waiting for them for Windows Phone and get a Bluetooth Heart Rate Monitor for iPhone, I'll probably switch back.

Agree, if the iphone comes with a 4" display and wp8 doesnt look good I'll switch to apple...

Uplift said,

ohh how we laughed.. such original material, sir.


I do think it's funny that many forum members here seem to be parrots.

Who cares? It's par for the course as far as I would be concerned. Other phone manufacturers have included 4+" screens over the past 3 years, so Apple are just moving with the times. I can remember when phones where getting smaller and smaller, now they are getting bigger and bigger (Dell Streak and Galaxy Note).

Also, it's only the screen, nothing to get excited about to be honest.

Most likely a response to sales of larger competing phones. They don't have to sell nearly as well as iPhone to start taking bites out of iPhone's profit margins which is all that matters to Shareholders.

Xilo said,
Now that Jobs is dead, they can finally release bigger screens.

Is this the same Wall Street Journal which last year claimed Apple was working on a miniature iPhone?

The WSJ doesn't have a good track record when it comes to iPhone rumours. Maybe they should stay quiet until they have at least a shred of evidence for their claims.

Well if they increase it to 4" it will still have a higher DPI than the new iPad, which they're marketing as a retina display, so that's not too bad

Will it still have enough pixel density at 4 inches to be a "retina" screen, or do they need to change the resolution?

Enron said,
Will it still have enough pixel density at 4 inches to be a "retina" screen, or do they need to change the resolution?

They'll probably change the resolution, I'd imagine.

Enron said,
Will it still have enough pixel density at 4 inches to be a "retina" screen, or do they need to change the resolution?

Some sources suggested the screen will only be bigger in height. That means the resolution can be increased without the need of redesigning all interface elements. Only the content area will will offer more space for information to be displayed.

In the end it's anyone's guess really at this point.

Enron said,
Will it still have enough pixel density at 4 inches to be a "retina" screen, or do they need to change the resolution?

Apple redefined "Retina Display" with the new iPad, so... it depends. They have to use with the resolution for compatibility see.

thommcg said,

Apple redefined "Retina Display" with the new iPad, so... it depends. They have to use with the resolution for compatibility see.

Use a multiple I mean, e.g. iPhone 4 doubled the resolution used in the previous iPhones.

Flae_qui said,
welcome to two years ago apple... one of the reasons i can't use an iPhone is cus it's to small

As the late steve jobs would say, you're using it wrong, hold it right up next to your eyes so you can see.

Neobond said,
Always thought my iPhone was a great size over other larger phones, hope it doesn't get too big!

Agreed. To me a 4,8-inch screen is just insane and really not comfortable to carry around anymore.

Neobond said,
Always thought my iPhone was a great size over other larger phones, hope it doesn't get too big!

I think it's just the nature of building an LTE phone right now.

Yes screens are getting larger on other phones partly because of popularity, but I don't think there's much choice when you want to make an LTE phone with decent battery life without making it way thicker.