Every time an Apple product is launched, most of the focus is on a particular feature. With iPhone 4S it was Siri, and with iPhone 4 it was the antenna design. In case of iPhone 5, the display is becoming the most talked about feature. There have been reports stating that Apple will use in-cell technology for the displays and that the resolution would be higher than iPhone 4S. However, recent reports state that iPhone 5 might have a bigger screen as well.
Apple has stuck to the 3.5 inch screen ever since the launch of the first iPhone. If the reports are to be believed, Apple is currently testing two iPhones at its headquarters in Cupertino and only one of these models will be unveiled to the public. Rumors have been suggesting a 4-inch display, but a popular Apple related blog claims that the display will actually be 3.95 inches to be precise. If you look at it in terms of numbers, the next iPhone are expected to be same as iPhone 4S in width, but the newer version is expected to be 3.484 inches tall.
The increased height will allow the phone to have a resolution of 640 x 1,136. iPhone 4S had a resolution of 640 x 960. Estimating the resolution of the display seems a bit far fetched when the company has not even announced the launch date of the phone. But, rumors of a bigger display have been present for a few months now. Only a few days back, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple is buying 4-inch screens for the new iPhone.
Benefits of a bigger screen
One of the biggest assets of a bigger screen will be that Apple will be able to make better use of the new iOS. You might see a fifth row of icons on the home screen. Also, the applications might get a few additional features to better utilize the increased screen space.
Contribution of Steve Jobs
Last year, co-founder of Apple, Steve Jobs passed away a day after the launch of iPhone 4S. This was considered to play a major role in the record breaking sales of the phone. Steve Jobs could again lend a hand to iPhone 5 because rumors state that he played a big role in the redesign of the 6th generation iPhone.
Bigger yet lighter
Despite the increase in size, it is expected that the pone will be lighter than 4S. This reduction is weight is being attributed to the use of in-cell display. The new display would allow Apple to manufacture phones without using an external film or module.
Android smartphones have been using bigger screens for some time now and Apple shifting to a 4-inch screen was inevitable. Despite the bigger screen, the iPhone will remain smaller than Samsung Galaxy S3 which features a 4.8 inch screen. The size difference should not matter because Apple’s retina display provides high quality output.
The list of rumored specs for the new iPhone has been growing steadily over the past few months. But, it looks certain that the display is bound to get a major overhaul.