Since its introduction in 2007, Apple’s revolutionary iPhone has used a 3.5-inch display to deliver iOS goodness to smartphone users. Five years and just as many iPhones later, it looks like that will finally change.
“People familiar with the situation” have told both the Wall Street Journal andReuters that the next iPhone will use a 4-inch screen, likely as a reaction to the growing popularity of larger smartphones. LG Display, Sharp and Japan Display are purportedly handling manufacturing duties, with display construction set to start in June and actual handset production to begin as early as August.
Samsung, Apple’s largest smartphone competitor, went beyond the 4-inch mark long ago, ranging all the way up to 5.3-inches with the Galaxy Note. The newest flagship Google smartphone, the Galaxy Nexus, is equipped with a 4.65-inch display and the recently announced Galaxy S III comes with a 4.8-inch screen.