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Next iPhone may have 3.95-inch display with 1136x640 pixels

updated 08:39 am EDT, Tue May 22, 2012

Sixth-gen iPhone prototypes testing 3.95-inch display

More details have emerged about the new 4-inch display that Apple is rumored to be testing for the next iPhone with 9to5 Mac claiming its sources have confirmed that Apple is currently testing an iPhone with a 3.95-inch display. The new display is also expected to retain a Retina Display level of pixel density, maintain the same width as the current display (1.94-inches), but be stretched to 16:9 ratio at 3.45-inches tall. If accurate, this would permit a 16:9 movie to play in its native aspect ratio using the full display sans the black bars while even potentially retaining the same overall phone size.

According to 9to5 Mac, prototype handsets with the larger display are floating around the Cupertino campus clad in shells to hide their revised design from all unauthorized on-lookers. The two main prototypes are said to be in the PreEVT stage of development and carry the codenames N41AP (5,1) and N41AP (5,2). However, 9to5 Mac is unsure which of the two prototype handsets is expected to make its way to production.

Further, the additional display real-estate is expected to be fully utilized by a version of iOS 6 that will be specially tailored for the new display resolution. Apple is said to be experimenting by adding an additional row of icons to the home screen, bringing the total number of rows to five, plus the docked icons. Extended views of other iOS functions are also being accommodated. For example, while double-clicking on the home button reveals a single row of apps in the app tray, this could be doubled to show twice as many at any one time.

The new iPhone prototypes are also said to be carrying Apple's revised, smaller dock connector. Apple is expected to eventually extend the new connector across all of its docking devices.

by MacNN Staff



  1. LunarMoon

    Joined: Dec 1969



    16:9? this will never happen. One of Apple's aces is having 400K iphone apps ready to run. Changing the resolution and rendering all apps useless? These guys have to think before writing stuff like that. Aspect ratio will never change in any mobile Apple product that is already in the market, unless it is a new product.

  1. jaskets

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No new dock connector!

    Changing the dock connector would make me NOT buy the new phone. I have purchased too many cables and docking stations/speakers to make this a cost effective upgrade. All the expensive Bose sound docks would all be junk unless they are going to issue an inexpensive dock adapter. I know things like this have to change eventually, but after only a handful of years being on the market and all the peripherals sold?

  1. DaJoNel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It would be nice

    To have HD appear native, but all current games and apps would be stretched until the developers widened the aspect ratio. I highly doubt that Apple will change the ratio because numerous widely-used apps are no longer in development and would look awful to anyone with the new device.

  1. djbeta

    Joined: Dec 1969



    No, apps would not need to be stretched.. they simply might run in the center of the screen with some black area at top and bottom ends of the phone.
    This would not be unprecedented for Apple.. keep in mind, an iPad 1 and 2 pixel doubles some iPhone apps and does not make use of 100% of the screen real estate.

  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Wide screen iPhone??

    Looks like an Android knock-off.

    Do these renders point to the fact that Steve was wrong??

  1. DaJoNel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Apple is still using Steve's designs. He left years upon years of future plans.

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