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iPhone 5 may still have sub-4 inch screen, go back to metal

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.

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  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969


    less than four inches?

    That's what she said...err..umm...sorry...

    If Apple doesn't provide an updated iPhone with a screen of at least 4 inches in size I will pass and keep using my iPhone 4 for another year (or until the next iPhone comes out). IF true, this would seem like a very poor decision. But it is just a rumor so far.

  1. panjandrum

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Two sizes?

    Some people like larger phones and some smaller. Personally, one of the things I like most about the iPhone is the size. It's perfect for me. Small enough to be very portable yet large enough to be very useful. Most of the android phones seem huge to me and there is no way I would buy a phone much larger than the iPhone. Maybe the best solution for Apple would be to offer the standard sized phone, but then have an upsized version for those who would prefer it.

  1. trenchcoat77

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Resize apps?

    If a larger screen comes out, wouldn't all apps have to be re-written to fit the new size?

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I'm sure a less than a 4" display

    is fine for the general user. Has there ever been a poll with a finding that the average consumer desires a larger than 4" display on smartphones. Just because there are smartphones that are larger than 4", it doesn't mean that all smartphones need to be that size. Again, I think this need for an oversized display is a tech-head's conclusion and not something that the average consumer is desiring or has requested.

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  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Huh, voted down because?

    So my comment was voted down because I said I wouldn't update my iPhone 4 to an iPhone 5 if there was less there was not a 4 inch screen. Wow. Some real "geniuses" here. How in any way is that a negative comment towards Apple?

  1. brainworks

    Joined: Dec 1969


    brain works

    lamewing, i think you were voted down because of the "that's what she said" part. at least that's why I voted you down :)

    agree with everything else you said, though. i have a 4 and was looking forward to the slight screen bump, and i will also wait until the next revision if that's the case. i do get a bit jealous of my friend's droid's slightly larger screens. i've got big hands, so I'm biased. I think the current design is probably best for the average hand.

  1. technomaster

    Joined: Dec 1969


    4+" is too big

    Unless we're talking about an extreme angle and a wand-shaped phone, the recent "large" phones are not very pocket-friendly. I used to contend that the iPhone was extremely wide for a phone. If anything, I'd sacrifice some screen size to have a slightly smaller device.

  1. AllanCook

    Joined: Dec 1969



    is the big deal with .3 inch? I don't want Apple getting hung up on trying to match competitors feature-for-feature, regardless of the features' utility.

  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969



    No. Apple fanboys voted me down because they don't like to read, what they interpret to be, a comment that portrays Apple in a negative light.

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Hey, lamey

    Will you please get over yourself, take some therapy, and learn how NOT to derive your self-esteem from how people have voted you up or down? Jeeeez. Grow a pair.

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