Rumours that the next iPhone will feature more display real estate got a fresh veneer of credibility today, with the news that two of Japan’s largest screen manufacturers have united to make a four-inch display for an unnamed piece of iOS-powered kit.
According to a report from Japanese tech site Macotakara, Sony and Hitachi are collaborating on four-inch LCD displays for Apple, which are set to feature on a device from the House of Cupertino due for release next year.
The news tallies with recent reports suggesting that the next-gen iPhone is set to grow by 8mm in length to make way for a display more comparable in size to the likes of its Android-powered rival, the Samsung Galaxy S2.
A four-inch display was strongly rumoured for the current-gen iPhone 4S, but is thought to have been kyboshed by founder Steve Jobs who intervened to block its inclusion.
Jobs is rumoured to have objected on the grounds that a more capacious screen would risk fragmenting the experience offered by Apple’s iOS operating system.
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