While Apple chose to stick with the same 3.5-inch display for the iPhone 4S that it had previously employed in older iPhones, the Cupertino company looks certain to increase that for its iPhone 5. According to a source in Apple’s supply chain, both Hitachi and Sony have already begun shipping 4-inch LCD panels for a “new iOS device,” believed to be the sixth-generation iPhone.
A bigger display is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated features for the iPhone 5, and it looks increasingly likely that Apple will deliver. According to Japanese blog Macotakara, two suppliers have already started shipping 4-inch displays for the device, in addition to LCDs for the iPad 3:
According to Asian source, Hitachi Displays, Ltd. and Sony Mobile Display Corporation started to ship 4-inch LCD for new iOS device and LCD for iPad 3. These 2 companies will be merged their business with Toshiba Mobile Display Co., Ltd., as “Japan Display” in 2012 spring.
Although the report doesn’t specifically mention the iPhone 5, or indeed any iPhone at all, it seems likely that this is the device those 4-inch displays are destined for. Rumors surrounding a larger iPhone with a 4-inch display began circulating earlier this year — before the launch of the iPhone 4S — and iPhone fans have been looking forward to it ever since.