The speculation surrounding the iPhone 5 keeps coming thick and fast, with a new round of rumours reinforcing the 4 inch screen theory, and other titbits.
The fact that Apple is going to increase the display size on its next smartphone, from 3.5 inches to around 4 inches, has been one of the most persistent rumours. And also one of the most likely seeming, given that the 3.5 inch screen looks a little small compared to the likes of the Galaxy S III’s 4.8 inch affair.
9 to 5 Mac reckons that Apple is testing multiple iPhone models – doubtless true enough – and that at least one boasts a new display, 3.999 inches in size apparently. Why not 4 inches? Who knows…
The resolution of this screen is reportedly 640 x 1136, so the Cupertino company is upping that too as you would expect, to keep the crisp visuals iPhone users are accustomed to. That resolution is also very close to 16:9, meaning it’ll be good for watching movies on the smartphone.
MacRumours has also reported on a claimed image of the front panel from the upcoming iPod touch, which will be 4.1 inches in size. The article notes that Apple would use the same display for both iPod and iPhone, if it was stepping up the size on both.
It definitely seems like the 4 inch display is becoming a likely prospect, and we can’t really see Apple not increasing the screen size ourselves, whether it’s slight above or below the 4 inch mark.
Other whispers coming from a Piper Jaffray analyst indicate that the iPhone 5 will be launched in October. Previously we’d thought September or October. Some other recent speculation had pointed to a potential delay on the device, but it should be out on target. It’d be a big disaster for Apple if it wasn’t away this autumn, that’s for sure.
Meanwhile, the Galaxy S III, which is out next week, will no doubt start cleaning up on the sales front over the summer.