Next iPhone will come with 4.7” or 5.5” screen

Apple iPhone 5sReuters reports that Apple's next iPhone will be available in both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screen versions—considerable increases over the current iPhone 5S and 5C models' 4-inch displays.

Reuters cites "supply chain sources" for the information, which could mean anything from a Foxconn vice president down to a factory janitor. According to Reuters, three separate suppliers have been tapped to produce the larger LCD panels: Japan Display, Sharp, and LG Display. The existence of the displays themselves isn't necessarily the point of the Reuters report, though—according to Reuters, not only are the two unannounced display sizes planned, but the 5.5-inch version might already be facing production problems.

Next iPhone will come with 4.7” or 5.5” screen

The report speculates that the displays will contain the same in-cell touch sensor technology that Apple has been using since the iPhone 5's debut. This kind of display incorporates touch sensors directly into the screen's glass, making it considerably more complex to manufacture than displays with separate glass, panel, and sensor elements. Making in-cell displays in quantity at the larger 5.5-inch size is apparently difficult, which is why the screen manufacturers are said to be leading with 4.7-inch screens.

Solid information about this fall's expected iPhone refresh—which everyone at this point is assuming will be called the "iPhone 6" if Apple holds to its smartphone naming conventions—is still nonexistent. We wouldn't expect anything truly credible to start trickling out until at least the summer; in past years, we've usually had to wait at least until Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in June for the rumors to start even vaguely resembling reality.

As usual, Apple declined to comment on the screen size rumors. The suppliers mentioned in the Reuters piece are also officially keeping mum—no doubt because if they are supplying new screens for Apple, they'd like to keep supplying new screens for Apple.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: Apple, iPhone, smartphones

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