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Reuters sources support claims of 4-inch iPhone displays

updated 01:11 pm EDT, Wed May 16, 2012

LG, Sharp, Japan Display again named as builders

Sources for Reuters are supporting Wall Street Journal claims that Apple is using 4-inch displays for the next iPhone, and has already begun to place orders for the new parts. As with the earlier report, Reuters says that LG Display, Sharp, and Japan Display are handling production, which is allegedly in early stages; full production orders could begin in June. iPhone assembly could start as soon as August, if Apple follows normal patterns. One source comments that it's still uncertain what share of display production each supplier will have.

Apple has so far stuck with 3.5-inch screens for iPhones since the launch of the first model in 2007. Increasingly, though, many rival smartphones are using screens measuring 4 inches or larger, even as much as 4.8 inches in the case of Samsung's Galaxy Note. While such sizes can potentially make a phone difficult to fit in a pocket, the iPhone may now seem inadequate by comparison.

Few new features of the 2012 iPhone have leaked, but Apple is at least expected to introduce LTE, mirroring the third-generation iPad's features. Apple will also likely upgrade processing power, RAM, and onboard cameras.

by MacNN Staff



  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Good news / Bad news

    Good news for Sony, Toshiba, Hitachi (aka Japan Display Inc.)

    Bad news for Samsung (aka Copycat Inc.)

  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969


    4 inch screen is good

    I have used an iPhone since my original back in 2007, but the screen is simply too small these days. I DON'T want a 4.5 - 4.8 screen. I have played with both Windows 7 and Android phones with screens that large and they are just too uncomfortable for one-handed use. But, a 4 inch screen still works. I used a Samsung Focus for about 3 months (testing it out) and its 4 inch screen didn't increase the size of the device significantly.

    What I would like to see is the Super OLED screens that were used on the Samsung Focus being used on the a great screen.

  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: 4 inch screen is good

    Yes, 4 inch screens are the way to go.

    I love the 4-inch screen on my Nexus S!

  1. DaJoNel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    So, it's confirmed!

    Finally, even wrenchy can verify that Apple is doing something good. But what is a Nexus S? I'm confused. But seriously, show me a picture or something. I've honestly never heard of it.

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