Next iPhone Will Have 3.5-Inch Display, LTE And Micro Dock Connector [Rumor]

Next iPhone Will Have 3.5-Inch Display, LTE And Micro Dock Connector [Rumor]

The likelihood of Apple significantly expanding the size of the next iPhone to make way for a bigger display is pretty laughable, but LTE seems like a lock for the next iPhone. That’s why we’ve got a good feeling about a new report that says that while the next iPhone will be truly 4G in every sense of the term, the biggest change to the overall form factor of the device will be a new micro dock connector.

According to iMore‘s Rene Ritchie, his sources have confirmed to him that the iPhone 5,1, as it is being called, will have:

• Similar if not same sized screen (currently 3.5-inch but not set in stone)

• 4G LTE radio

• New “micro dock” connector

• Fall/October 2012 release

I’d say about all of these are set in stone, with the exception of the micro dock connector. iMore has predicted this tinier dock connector before, and it certainly makes sense: within the iPhone, every millimeter needs to count, and the dock connector takes up a huge amount of real estate within the handset. An Apple dock equivalent to micro USB would be a much more efficient use of space, but it would also cause backwards compatibility problems with a legion of accessories.

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  • Un_FollowMe

    Another John Brownlee exclusive. 

  • Thomas Biesenbach

    Has Apple ever cared about backwards compatibility? And it’s good they don’t!

  • FriarNurgle

    LTE does seem pretty obvious. Screen size and dock are pure speculation at this point. 

    Any one of us that frequents the tech blogs could come up with guesses that aren’t any worse than these “analysts”.   

    Regardless, AT&T better step it up on LTE or there will be a mass exodus to Verizon. Especially if Verizon rolls out a decent Family/shared device Data Plan. 

  • Luis Dominguez

    I want to truly believe in a 4″ display.  I am hoping and praying for it.  I love IOS and wouldn’t switch either way but I would love a bigger screen.  I am not alone either, 9to5mac has a poll up and only 13% would like the same size.

  • imronburgundy

    There has got to be a bigger screen on the next phone. Not sayin that the screen has to be 4.5″, but it’s painful switching from looking at the newest iPad to the iPhone.

  • RadTech5000

    I’ll jump in when the next iPhone has a larger screen, I can care less about the 4G LTE. Always hope for next year I guess. 

  • dcj001

    So you’re saying that you do care about 4G LTE, but that you can (or could) care less. Right?

  • StudioGraham

    That is dumb. Apple will not reduce the size of the dock connector. The whole point of Apples products is that they seamlessly talk to each other. Pretty damn hard if the iPhone is the black sheep out of the iDevice arena. A larger screen is also highly unlikely due to the battery consumption and the fact that no one is asking for one!! Also talk to an App Developer for Android and all the different screen sizes they have to contend with. I’ll believe LTE and that is it.

  • Georg Chiari

    I’m sorry but isn’t that small dock connector in the picture exactly the same size like the old one in the device above?
    Isn’t the hole point of a smaller dock connector to gain space in the device for other stuff?

    Or isn’t that a leaked picture of a new one?

  • sir1jaguar

    I will buy the next iphone and will be 1st in line if it has 4.0 inches & HD screen with lte/42mbps hspa-+ modem…

    3.5 is super small now to me since we have ipod touch 4, ipad 2 and the new iPad.

    Im thinking to sell my iphone 4s to get the REZOUND or GALAXY NEXUS, those are REAL High Definition smartphones…

  • duncan king

    It would be a disappointment if the next iPhone screen isn’t bigger than current models.

  • CruxFiveTen

    I love love my iPhones including my current 4S. But real talk this 3.5 screen is not the bidness anymore. At least a 4″ incher will do #smh. 

  • DamienLavizzo

    And yet we keep clicking and commenting on these articles. Mission accomplished, as far as their editors can tell. 

  • DamienLavizzo

    Successful grammar nazi is successful. 

  • iWebDroidBerry7

    No one is asking for a bigger screen? Where the hell have you been? Under a rock?

  • Cold_dead_fingers

    This is sad to say because us Apple fans were the only ones who bought the original iPhone at the rediculously high price that it was, but Apple doesn’t make phones for us anymore (9to5 Mac/Cult of Mac/Mac Rumors, Appleinsider folk). Apple makes phones for the masses. The original iPhone was for us. You could tell because Apple boasted full OS X on the device. Now, Apple wants to keep OS X and iOS and far away from eachother as possible until OS X looks like a spitting image of iOS. I personally don’t mind because I love iOS but no all Apple fans do.

  • Cold_dead_fingers

    It bothers me too when people say “I could care less” but mean “I don’t care.”

  • Cold_dead_fingers

    Yeah, that was the most shamefull post I’ve ever seen on Cult of Mac. You, sir, do not know what million of people are asking for. Stop being a fanboy and listen to what people are saying on blogs. Apple can be right and still give the people what they want. Conversly, they can be wrong and not want to own up to that wrong.

  • Cold_dead_fingers

    I don’t believe Apple will do a 4.0″ 1280×720 display. For one, that is a 16:9 aspect ratio and the only device that runs that aspect ration is the MacBook Air and iMac 27″.

    You should also consider that HD really doesn’t mean anything. All is is is a set of vertical and horizontal pixels. Is the iPhones display HD? No, but it still has more PPI than most HD smartphones. In fact, it still might be #1.

  • Cold_dead_fingers

    What’s really funny is just how many people hat Brownlee lol!

    He does talk the big talk a lot, though.

  • DamienLavizzo

    It bothers me, too, when people fail to use proper punctuation. Usually, however, I don’t make a big deal about it. Commenters are generally not professional writers; I glean the content instead of focusing on the delivery. 

  • DamienLavizzo

    People have been asking for a larger screen, sure. I think what we’re all failing to realize is Apple rarely cares what people are asking for. If Apple spent time listening to what people were asking for we’d have never gotten the iPad. 

  • DamienLavizzo

    “Yeah, that was the most shamefull post I’ve ever seen on Cult of Mac.”

    You obviously haven’t been reading Cult of Mac very long, then.

  • sir1jaguar

    The most stupid reply…

    “HD really doesn’t mean anything”

    So you like to watch a movie in STANDARD DEFINITION than in HIGH DEFINITION???

    I will choose an advance screen like SUPER AMOLED PLUS display than 10-15 yrs. old lcd Apple using. What they just did is bumped up the resolution but they are not using a high technology advance screen.
    Its like you have a chevrolet aveo then you put turbo charged on it to make it faster but its still the shitty old 4 cylinder engine that was made 20 yrs. ago…

    Dont be a moron… Its possible to put an HD screen to a 4.0 size screen then with high resolution for txt…

    Did you tried to watch a youtube HD movie in the 1st GALAXY phone like Samsung vibrant of tmobile?
    Even the iphone 4s is not comparable but iphone win in reading txt because they bumped up the resolution but watching movies, photos & anything – SUPER AMOLED PLUS cant be beat NOW… even you will put it on the table and look on it in every angle you like, the color still popping out but in APPLE ipod, iphone & ipad its washed out…

    Those are facts because we have those gadgets and compare many times to REZOUND, GALAXY NEXUS & GALAXY NOTE…

    Sometimes even we are die hard fanboys we have to accept the reality and facts…

    Most people always defend APPLE are poor and if they buy apple products they will defend it so hard because they need to save money again for the next APPLE gadget but those people who are can afford and rich that can buy NOW whatever is better, will never always defend apple and will be honest and say that theres companies that can make better hardware or software because they have other brand too, not just apple…

    I personally ask some friends of mine who are can afford (owners of restaurant and cellphone stores) and they told me what they like to have in the next iphone.

    I personally have other brand NOT just APPLE because i can afford it (im asian-american) my family owns restaurants… So im buying whats the best NOT just what is popular!

    So an iphone that has an screen of 4.0-4.5 with hd resolution & lte/hspa+ 42mbps is possible BUT maybe they will not do it in 1 time because we know APPLE wants to just give us 1 at a time the best stuff in their products so we will buy almost every year…

    Were not here to defend APPLE but tell them what is better for us, consumer…

  • sir1jaguar

    Also REZOUND have the highest PPI now NOT iphone 4s even REZOUND has much bigger screen.

  • Dimitri Theofilopoulos

    after 5 years with iphones, I went with the note, fuck an iphone…

  • ZeeKazim

    Commenters aren’t necessarily native English speakers .. ;)

  • ZeeKazim

    Such a loooong reply to justify your need for an HD screen on your phone.. Just get the REZOUND already if that’s what’s best for YOU..!
    IMO, I still like the iPhone’s “washed out” colors over the exaggerated eye-popping colors we see on some other devices.. The iPhone’s seem more natural in my eyes.. ;)

  • Luis Dominguez

    Wow, so poor people bitch because they can’t afford another device?  Man are you self entitled.  So your family owns restaurants, that does not make you better.  It’s comments like yours that really pisses me off.  A spoiled ass kid talking crap.  I consider myself middle class and I buy whatever I want because I worked for it, not my parents.  I also like other brands but not because I’m rich(I’m Not) but because I like different things.  Get off your high horse.

    “Most people always defend APPLE are poor and if they buy apple products they will defend it so hard because they need to save money again for the next APPLE gadget but those people who are can afford and rich that can buy “

    Again, WOW

  • TylerHoj

    If they just got rid of the home button and made the dock connector smaller as mentioned in the article, I think they’d be able to pull off that tapered design everyone seems to be drooling over. Though I doubt either of these changes will occur. 

  • ZeeKazim

    Agree. This is what we’ve been waiting for in the iPhone 4S but decided to let it go hoping that the iPhone 5 will most likely have it. That’s why I think the screen size will be bigger. Otherwise, there will be RAGE :P

  • Julius Pap ?

    esi malaka :P

  • sir1jaguar

    REALITY hurts as my old uncle keeps on saying….

    Thats the truth…

    Most stupid ifanboys are poor…

    Even they are fanfdroid, windows fans, isheep – if they cant afford to buy the latest technology of other companies they will defend the one they have because its so hard for them to save the money in buying what they have….

    Please be honest to yourself…

  • sir1jaguar

    Zoooz,

    So a washed out screen of iphone is NATURAL IN YOUR EYES???

    Wow…

  • davidgoscinny

    A bigger screen isn’t necessary, neither is a resolution bump. If they could get AMOLED technology (power saving, better black colors, etc.) while keeping some proper color calibration, that would be an improvement.

    The mini dock connector would indeed cut backwards compatibility but Apple does seem to be pushing for AirPlay / Bluetooth accessories a lot lately.

  • Luis Dominguez

    I am honest with myself and I am not above anyone like you think you are.  Just to let you know a little about me.  I am a Philadelphia Union carpenter that makes $38 an hour and my wife is a nurse.  I do not consider myself poor by any means.  I worked hard for everything I have and never once was anything given to me like you probably have.  Do you know that wealthy people are the ones that are frugal with their money and poor people spend there money like it’s water.  Don’t believe look it up.  Your argument holds no water and your just a self entitled kid.  

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