The Galaxy S3 effect: iPhone 5 rumored to have a 4.6-inch display

March 24, 2012
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Bigger is better. That seems to be the conclusion of a recent survey that says the majority of smartphone owners want their next phone to have a bigger screen. While the 3.5-inch display of the iPhone was distinctive at the time of its introduction, which was five years ago, Apple seems adamant in keeping it, on the basis that a 3.5-inch display is the optimal size for operating your phone with one hand. Is Apple about to have a change of heart by introducing a bigger and sharper display for its iPhone 5?  Welcome to another edition of the iPhone 5 rumor mill.

Reported by the Maeli Business Newspaper from South Korea, an anonymous industry source has spilled the beans on the possible bigger display of the next iPhone. The source said that Apple has asked its suppliers to start producing the 4.6-inch Retina display for the iPhone 5, with a release date set for the second quarter of the year.

Yet, another fresh rumor coming out from iMore seems to suggest otherwise. The iPhone 5, apparently, will only come with a new 4G LTE radio and a smaller dock port, but the display size will be kept the same.

Conflicting rumors are nothing new when it comes to the iPhone – or any other hot smartphone for that matter. If the iPhone 5 does come with a 4.6-inch display, it’d make for a very interesting showdown with the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S3. The 4.7-inch display of the Samsung Galaxy S3 would still best the supposed bigger display of the iPhone 5 though.

From a worldwide sales figure standpoint, the Samsung Galaxy series is one adversary that Apple is keeping a very close watch on. Their designers probably curse Samsung for every inch or two that the Galaxy S phone is gaining in display size with each new version, but we think that the rumor of a 4.6-inch display of the iPhone 5 seems more like a wish list of a hardcore fan.

What do you think?

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