Bigger is always better, right?
Apple's iPhone has had the same 3.5-inch display since the first one launched in 2007. Though it seemed huge five years ago, with rivals now moving past the 4.5-inch mark, the iPhone is starting to look downright diminutive in comparison. However, all that could change soon, as today brings yet more rumors that Apple's next iPhone will have a larger display.
The Wall Street Journal is today citing 'people familiar with the matter' that say Apple's new iPhone is likely to have a larger display and that the company is ordering bigger screens from its Asian suppliers. These people said Apple was working with several display entities, including LG, Sharp, and Japan Displays. With 4.5-inch displays are almost common these days, Apple is said to be going with 'at least' four inches diagonally and word is that production will start as soon as next month.
This isn't the first time we've heard talk of an iPhone with something other than a 3.5-inch display. There's been quite a bit of talk about a larger iPhone as of late, but there was also some pretty persistent talk of an iPhone Nano around the time of the iPhone 2G and 3G. Nothing ever came of those rumors of a smaller, budget iPhone but perhaps that's because the 3.5-inch iPhone will now be relegated to that status.
The new iPhone, often referred to as the iPhone 5, is thought to be launching this September, similar to the iPhone 4S in 2011. Apple has traditionally launched the new iPhone at WWDC but it's unlikely Apple will launch the iPhone 5 less than a year after the iPhone 4S hit stores. With that in mind, we're not getting our hopes up for a glimpse of the iPhone 5 next month.