A new report of a 4-inch iPhone 5 has surfaced, rekindling flames of past rumors pegging an upcoming Apple smartphone with a larger screen.
With Hitachi and Sony tipped to have already begun shipping 4-inch LCD panels for a new Apple iOS device, it appears a larger iPhone could be on the horizon, though the unconfirmed report did not specifically state that the 4-inch display is for that rumored iPhone 5.
This new finding contradicts an earlier report that claimed a 4-inch iPhone model was cancelled due to former CEO, Steve Jobs’, fear of fragmenting the iOS market. With apps currently able to support two resolutions – 960 x 260 for smartphones and 1024 x 768 for the iPad – Apple would be forced to include a third resolution, as a larger screen would mean a higher resolution. According to this report, Jobs pulled the device a few months before the launch.
Yet, with a new CEO, Apple could be working past these issues and may soon offer a 4-inch smartphone. Previous rumors claim the device will be about 8mm longer than the current iPhone and will sport a metal casing, though not the distinctive teardrop-shaped profile that had people talking months ago. The phone is also said to be LTE-enabled and will feature a 10MP camera, which would be an upgrade to the 8MP shooter currently on the iPhone 4S. With optimists believing the company will introduce the sixth generation iPhone in June 2012, we could be seeing more of this device sometime soon.