Suppliers Begin Shipping 4-Inch Displays For “New iOS Device” [Rumor]

Suppliers Begin Shipping 4-Inch Displays For “New iOS Device” [Rumor]

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.

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  • Al

    I hope that Apple will at least run two models – 3.5″ and 4″. I don’t want a larger, heavier phone which has a poorer battery life and is more awkward to operate with one hand. I feel the current size is spot on!

  • GJNilsen

    Fragmentation.. I dont like that..

  • MacHead84

    Here comes Tim Cook to screw up Steves genius! 

  • Wes

    my thoughts exactly…

  • hyndrew

    Retina display represents fragmentation… do you still prefer a standard display?

  • Muito

    Steve probably had projects planned for the next 5 years or so.

  • GregsTechBlog

    If by “looking forward” you mean “pray it does’t destroy the iPhone platform”, then yes, I’ve been looking forward to a 4″ screen. 

  • GJNilsen

    Doubling the pixel count is not a problem. Then you still have the same ratio and number of points on screen. A 4″ display would not have a 4x resolution or 3x resolution compared with the original screen.

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