Recent reports came out this week that claim Apple is seriously looking into expanding the screen of their next iPhone to 4 inches and also upgrading to an A5 processor chip to the smartphone.
According to the Taiwanese publication DigiTimes, the component suppliers are reporting that Apple is expanding the size of the screen for the fifth generation iPhones to 4 inches so that they can compete with the competition’s “super phones” that are ranging in the 4 to 7 inch size range. Currently, the fourth generation iPhone has a 3.5 inch display.
As reported in DigiTimes, “The component suppliers noted that the production lines for Apple’s next generation iPhone have begun testing, and Apple is interesting in expanding the screen size to 4-inches to support the tablet PC market as the vendor only has a 9.7-inch iPad in the market.”
If the recent report in DigiTimes is correct, it would seem that the recent rumors of a possible “iPhone nano” and the possible larger version of the iPhone is setting Apple up to give even more size options for their customers. A smaller version of the phone would also perhaps lower the price for the popular smartphone, whereas the larger version would likely cost more than the 3.5 inch display size.
There may be even more options besides the size of the screen. As stated in Apple Insider, “a recent unverified report from another Taiwanese website claimed that Apple has built three prototype models for the “iPhone 5,” including a version with a “sliding cover” that conceals a keyboard.”
The new generation of iPhones will also have faster processors. As stated in Apple Insider, “a second report from DigiTimes claims that Apple is hoping to outsource the production of its A4 processor and the next-generation A5 processor, which will likely utilize the ARM Cortex A9 design, to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company due to concerns over increased competition between Samsung and Apple. At this week’s Mobile World Congress, Samsung has shown a number of new products, such as the Galaxy S II smartphone and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet, that will directly compete with Apple’s iPhone and iPad.”
All Apple product prototypes and rumors of Apple products come and go often, so the future products will be unknown for certain until Apple is ready to release the information to the public.