The next iPhone could see Apple get on board with the vogue for super-sized screens, after years of doggedly sticking with the handset’s 3.5-inch display.
According to an insider source cited by the Maeil Business Newspaper and picked up on by the hard-headed business types at Reuters, the glossy gadget-purveyor will equip the iPhone 5 with a 4.6-inch screen.
The display, which will be the same high-density retina flavour as the iPhone 4 and 4S, is reportedly already set in stone, with orders being placed with suppliers.
Intriguingly, but somewhat implausibly, the same insider claims that the iPhone 5 is set to launch during the second quarter of the year – potentially just six months or so after the iPhone 4S hit retail.
Apple’s decision to upgrade the iPhone’s screen would bring its flagship in line with the new breed of larger flagship Android smartphones, some of which feature five-inch displays that blur the lines between tablets and phones.
Other features mooted to be on board the handset include a smaller dock connector, 4G LTE connectivity and Near Field Communications (NFC).