updated 07:35 am EDT, Mon August 29, 2011
iPhone 5 may top out at 3.7-inch display
Although hints have emerged of a larger iPhone 5 screen, Apple isn't going to crack the four-inch mark, part suppliers claimed Monday. They rebuffed local rumors and instead pointed to the phone having at most a 3.7-inch display. The shape, Digitimes said, would instead go to a narrower bezel and make the phone look larger even if the screen is not.
Although a number of parts will be familiar, the design is reportedly going back to a metal shell, not seen since the original iPhone. The reinforced glass is believed to have been picked for reception but has drawn criticism for being prone to shattering, possibly even with certain case accessories.
The company if accurate would be bucking the trend towards larger screens with Android and Windows phones, where 4.3-inch screens such as that on the Galaxy S II are increasingly common. Larger displays can improve media playback and the usability of touch interface elements, but it also creates bulk and can make it difficult to use a phone one-handed.