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Still refuse to believe that the next iPhone will come with a larger screen? It may be time to cast aside your doubts, with a new report confirming that Apple will jump on current trends and increase the next iPhone screen to “at least four inches.”
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple is poised to finally release a bigger iPhone this year, a first since the iconic handset debuted in 2007. In keeping with current speculation, the report claims Cupertino’s next handset will “measure at least four inches diagonally compared with 3.5 inches on the iPhone 4S.”
There’s little doubt that the current trend leans toward larger smartphones, with Samsung leading the charge. The Korean manufacturer recently debuted its upcoming Galaxy S III handset with a massive 4.8-inch display, which could be putting pressure on Apple to do the same with the iPhone.
Apple is expected to only slightly increase the length of the next iPhone, which would be enough to squeeze a taller, four-inch display onto the front of the handset. While still dwarfed by giant Android screens, such a move would also allow HD videos to play back at proper 16:9 aspect ratio, without the black bars that currently fill in the top and bottom of the frame.
The report is light on further details, but claims “production is set to begin next month” for the new display, which likely puts the handset on target for a fall release.
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