IPhone to get larger screen: A report to take with a grain of salt?

May 16, 2012 By Salvador Rodriguez

Apple has begun preparing to launch an iPhone with a larger screen than its previous models, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

The tech giant has ordered screens that measure at least 4 inches diagonally from its Asian suppliers, the Journal reported early Wednesday, attributing its information to "people familiar with the situation."

Production for the larger screens is expected to begin next month, according to the report.

If the report is accurate, the sixth-generation iPhone would be the first in Apple's phone line to have a screen larger than 3.5 inches.

Apple could be making the move as a response to other manufacturers' phones, which have continued to grow larger.

For years there has been a large selection of Android phones with larger screens. A few more phones heading to the market - notably the HTC One X and the Galaxy S III - measure over 4.7 inches. Samsung also has a phone/tablet hybrid, the Galaxy Note, that comes in with a 5.3-inch screen.

But be cautious with this news. Apple has been rumored to be on the verge of increasing the size of its iPhone's screen size numerous times in previous years, with no result.

The Cupertino, Calif., company could be hesitant to begin switching up its mobile gadgets' screen sizes to avoid one of Android's biggest problems: fragmentation.

Keeping every the same size has helped Apple ensure that most of its users are running the latest iOS version, which in turn helps developers create apps with the latest features and therefore have some of the best apps available.

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SincerelyTwo
3.7 / 5 (3) May 16, 2012
Nooooooooo!!! Some of us LIKE smaller phones and don't WANT to 'get used to' larger screeeennnnsssss.... ffffuuuuuuuuuu
Terriva
4.8 / 5 (4) May 16, 2012
Apple knows quite well, the phone screens need more space for various banners and ads, which would bring the money into this sector.
TopherTO
3.9 / 5 (7) May 16, 2012
Oh my got, half an inch bigger screen. The iSlaves are setting up tents at Apple stores worldwide awaiting its release.

What can we bilk them for this quarter? I know, I slightly bigger screen, oh and a soothing female voice function that tells me I am a good boy for being blindly loyal to a company.
Vendicar_Decarian
2.8 / 5 (9) May 16, 2012
Once the iPhone reaches the size of a desktop PC and sports a keyboard and mouse it might actually be useful.

But having a larger screen will certainly make the video games more enjoyable.
Noumenon
2.1 / 5 (7) May 16, 2012
With everything a modern "phone" can do, it only makes sense to increase the screen size beyond 3.5", or at least have two sizes to choose from like they have multiple memory sizes to choose from.

Once the iPhone reaches the size of a desktop PC and sports a keyboard and mouse it might actually be useful.


Desktop PC's are too heavy to carry around,... thus the invention of "smartphones". Since a modern phone can go on the internet,... they are extremely useful in current size.

Do you enjoy saying things precisely counter to facts?
komone
5 / 5 (2) May 16, 2012
Bigger screen, great. Bigger phone, no thanks.
Vendicar_Decarian
2.7 / 5 (6) May 16, 2012
That is why they created laptops and netbooks.

"Desktop PC's are too heavy to carry around" - NumenTard

The video game phone phad won't last much longer.
Vendicar_Decarian
2.3 / 5 (6) May 16, 2012
I used a phone for that once. Didn't work properly.

"Since a modern phone can go on the internet" - NumenTard

Small screens are not conducive to web browsing, reading, navigation, input, control, whatever.

Phones do however provide a wonderful way for Dat Evils Gubderments to track your every movement, and all of your phone calls.

CreepyD
5 / 5 (1) May 17, 2012
I'm surprised they didn't do this sooner.
When I compare my S2 to my friends iPhone, their screen looks very small and hard to use in comparison.
4.3 Inches that is.. I wouldn't want any bigger though as the phone would no longer fit nicely in my pocket as it does now.
Aloken
4.6 / 5 (5) May 17, 2012
The video game phone phad won't last much longer.


Actually its expected to swallow dedicated gaming machines(the handheld ones) in a generation or two.

Small screens are not conducive to web browsing, reading, navigation, input, control, whatever.


They're pretty decent for anything that doesn't require you to use the screen for extended amounts of time. If you must do that, get a tablet.

Phones do however provide a wonderful way for Dat Evils Gubderments to track your every movement, and all of your phone calls.


Phone calls were tracked since they were first offered as a consumer product. Mobile phones can only track you if you have a sim card. So if you dont like it, remove yours or ditch phones altogether.

Also appending tard to someones online handle and being generally obnoxious makes you seem like a teenager, that won't earn you any respect around here. Physorg isn't really a place for trolls as they just end up being ignored.
SincerelyTwo
5 / 5 (2) May 17, 2012
Lol I got voted down. Let me guess, 'MAKE THE PHONE DO MOORREEE THINGGSSS' and then say 'IT NEEDS BIGGER SCREEN FOR MORREEEE THTIINNGGSSS'.

It probably hasn't occurred to anyone that some people, namely like me, simply use the iphone AS A PHONE with very MODERATE use of apps for technical purposes (calculators and other utilities). I rarely game on my phone, for example, so while the iPhone CAN play good games, does it mean the phone should be designed for gamers? Why don't people just live with simple games and get a ps3 or something for 'real' games?

Blablablabla does all of this really need to be explained?

If you're rebuttle to me sounds like this; "it's hard to watch movies on it" my response is "Some people DON'T watch movies on it."

Some people want a sleak, thin, small, sexy phone which can run some cool apps for reference/utility purposes, and occasionally look something up online.

EVERY SINGLE F'N PHONE ON THE MARKET DOESN'T NEED TO BE TURNED INTO A TABLET.
El_Nose
5 / 5 (1) May 17, 2012
speaking of memory sizes --- why does Apple make an extra 8 gb cost $100 USD -- and and extra 24GB cost $200 USD .... iTards why do you pay so much for memory??

And people line up to pay for it like $100 for 8GB is justified.
Make companies listen and don't pay exorbent prices to keep the appearence of being trendy... Apple is selling cool to people who idolized 'the Fonz' and they pay to be noticed. They pay to say 'oh i got the largest hard drive' Please if you chose not to pay you can make a change.

I spent $16 USD for a 32 GB card to add to my android... and if I fill it up I can spend $16 and get 32 GB of additional memory

DEMAND MORE FOR YOUR MONEY ---

and my gripe with android is this -- Please Please Please allow for SDXC memory cards I would pay $100 more for the capability to chuck in a 128GB card into my phone -- It woudl mean I can keep a darn near full backup of my computer on my phone --- and the nook should allow this as well
Green_Dragon
not rated yet May 18, 2012
To be honest, thats an industry thing, not an iphone thing..the extra memory versions are always charged whats seems ridiculously higher.

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