updated 03:25 pm EST, Mon February 8, 2010
Next iPhone to be taller based on repair info
Apple's fourth-generation iPhone could mark the first significant change in the screen area if a part obtained by repair outfit iResQ is evidence. What's claimed to be the front glass is about a quarter-inch taller than the existing platform and may have a slightly different screen as a result. It also appears to move the proximity sensor to above the top speaker and glues the touchscreen layer to the LCD where the iPhone 3G and 3GS are separate.
Without a functioning LCD, it's not clear whether the screen itself will change. Many have called for an increase in resolution that should now be possible with updates to the iPhone OS. Competitive pressure may dictate such a change as many devices, such as the Droid, now use 3.5- or 3.7-inch touchscreens with either 800x480 or 854x480 displays.
Visuals are expected to play a significant part in the 2010 refresh and could include a 5-megapixel camera as well as a variant of Apple's A4 chip, which is fast enough to play 720p video.