Questionable Claims of a 4.6" Screen on Next iPhone, But 4" Screen Still Seems Very Possible

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Reuters relays rumors from a South Korean newspaper which revives claims of a larger screen on the next iPhone.
    A 4.6-inch screen, however, would be significantly larger than that has been previously rumored. There have been persistent rumors that the next generation iPhone would carry a larger 4" screen. And we are convinced that Apple had exactly such designs in late prototype stages in China. The proliferation of iPhone cases with measurements of at least a 4" screen seemed to suggest that a number of suppliers were also convinced of that fact.

    A 4.6" screen, however, is even harder to believe, and would place the new iPhone amongst the largest screen sizes available on a smartphone. Here's a comparison shot between the 4.65" screen of the Galaxy Nexus and the iPhone 4S which has a 3.5" screen.


    TheVerge comparison between Galaxy Nexus (4.65") and iPhone 4S (3.5")​
    Apple has been consistent by offering the same screen size (3.5") across five generations of iPhones, so any change would be notable. The reason this particular claim seems most dubious, however, is the fact that it comes from an otherwise unknown Korean media source with no track record.

    Still, it's hard to dismiss the talk of a larger 4" iPhone screen completely. Back in November, iLounge first reported that the 3rd Generation iPad would be "approximately 0.7 mm" thicker than the iPad 2. As it turns out, they were on the mark with the actual new iPad being 0.6 mm thicker (per official specs) than the previous design. The same source that provided that information had this to say about the next generation iPhone:
    Article Link: Questionable Claims of a 4.6" Screen on Next iPhone, But 4" Screen Still Seems Very Possible
  2. Lalror macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2011
    Honestly, I am waiting for a bigger screen before a buy another iPhone or iPod touch. The screens are just too small, its a problem, fix it.
  3. Gemütlichkeit macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2010
    I would like to see the screen size stay the same but make better use of the UI. There are a lot of wasted space that could be hidden only when needed.

    gestures really need to come into play. swipe for navigation in safari etc.
  4. jake4ever macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2009
    Ma'on La'oved, Hadera, Israel
  5. ouimetnick macrumors 68020


    Aug 28, 2008
    Beverly, Massachusetts
    At one point, you are going to cross the phone category, and enter the small tablet category. To be honest, a 3.5" display is perfect. Anything larger looks too big imo.
  6. Sam Yikin macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2007
    Somewhat off topic, but it would be fascinating to get my hands on a prototype of the teardrop shape.
    I hope they get the battery figured out for the next iPhone.

    I'd need to try a 4+" iPhone before I make a decision on whether I like it. Can anyone calculate what the PPI would be on a 4" display assuming the same resolution?
  7. waloshin macrumors 68040


    Oct 9, 2008
    This comparasion makes more sense.

    4.65" Galacy Nexus by iPhone.

  8. sirpots macrumors regular

    Oct 7, 2011
    Hypothetically speaking I wonder what the resolution of the 4.6'' would be? Could apple have something up there sleeve and release a screen that small with the new iPad resolution?
  9. darkslide29 macrumors 65816

    Oct 5, 2011
    San Francisco, California
  10. DTphonehome macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2003
    Wirelessly posted

    4", I can see. 4.6", not a chance.
  11. gadget123 macrumors 68000

    Apr 17, 2011
    United Kingdom
    This is a funny rumour.

    The biggest screen on a smart phone? Unless Apple has a change of strategy I can't see it.

    Plus they would need to make a Iphone mini as millions of people don't want a phone with a screen 9 inches wider. :rolleyes:
  12. Zwhaler macrumors 603


    Jun 10, 2006
    4" would be nice. I don't need the device to be too big, but I think going larger than 3.5" would keep the device more competitive.
  13. budakpisang macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2012

    Big screens are a matter of preference, but Apple isn't particularly inclined to catering for everyone's preferences.

    The 3.5" screen is really a matter of principle to them - it's the size they've decided a smartphone should be, and the size they've designed their UI to fit into (just like the iPad being the size they've decided a tablet should be) and we'll probably never see a device they put out that changes that anytime soon without a really good reason.
  14. IMPOSSIBLEMAN macrumors member

    May 13, 2011
    I have owned a galaxy nexus. I could not use for more than a month.

    Its 4.65'' screen was too big for me even though I enjoyed it the first week

    I think anything from 3.5 to 4.3 is acceptable. NOT ANY INCH BIGGER
  15. 840quadra Moderator


    Staff Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    Twin Cities Minnesota
    I am fine with there being a larger phone as an option, however the footprint of the current model, with it's hi resolution display is perfect for my needs. Giving iPhone customers the choice for multiple sizes would be a good move IMO.
  16. Chupa Chupa, Mar 21, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2012

    Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    I'd love a bigger screen but not at the expense of a bigger phone. It needs to easily fit in my jean or pants pocket, which the current iPhone does. I can't wait to see what Apple dreams up.
  17. arn macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    I updated the article with a better comparison

  18. Taz Mangus macrumors 68040

    Taz Mangus

    Mar 10, 2011
    I was thinking the same thing. I am sure there will be a few pundits popping in on this thread. I suspect that one in particular will be showing up in 3 2 1...
  19. Sam Yikin macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2007
    A 4.6" 2048x1536 screen? Dear god.

    I'm 100% sure that whatever the screen size may be they'll keep the resolution the same. Making it an iPad resolution wouldn't make sense, because then the line between iPad and iPhone apps would be pretty blurry... especially because their aspect ratios are so different.
  20. beangibbs macrumors member

    Jan 26, 2011
    Easy fix. Don't like it, don't buy it.
  21. TheJuggla17 macrumors newbie


    May 9, 2010
    Primos, PA
    I don't understand why anyone would want a five inch device with them everyday. I always thought people wanted small compact devices?
  22. Millionaire2K macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2011
    Just a idea... the current iphone glass is just about 4.7in. So why not keep the same phone size and go edge to edge with the screen. Or go very close to the top and bottom edges.

    Apple could then :p at other HUGE phones while the iPhone is a nice size with the largest screen.

    Just an idea.
  23. Blakjack, Mar 21, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2012

    Blakjack macrumors 68000


    Jun 23, 2009
    I believe this when I see it

    EDIT: But I don't wanna believe this though. 4" is as far as I'm willing to go.
  24. waloshin macrumors 68040


    Oct 9, 2008
    I was going to suggest that one ,but it had someones watermark on it.
  25. TheNextBigThing macrumors member

    Feb 28, 2012
    Pearl of the Orient

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