Maeil Kyungjae → Reuters → Christina Bonnington, Wired:
On Thursday morning, Reuters reported that Appleâ€™s next phone would come with a 4.6-inch display, significantly larger than the 3.5-inch display the phone currently sports.
Apple has decided on the bigger 4.6-inch display for its next iPhone and started placing orders to its suppliers, the Maeil Business Newspaper said, quoting an unnamed industry source.
According to Dong-In Lee, Maeil Kyungjae (Daily Business) new management at Apple is following Samsung and making the display bigger on the next iPhone.
Back to Wired:
[Canalys principal analyst Pete] Cunningham said this was a â€œnoticeable weaknessâ€ of the device. He expects the next iPhone will have a 4-inch or 4.3-inch display, rather than the 4.6-inch behemoth reported by Reuters.
At the least, says IHS iSuppli analyst Francis Sideco, Apple could maintain the current phoneâ€™s physical form factor, but push the edges of the viewable display to the limits of the phoneâ€™s chassis. â€œOther competitive smartphones, especially in this tier of smartphone, are definitely trending to 4 inches and above, so the current version of the iPhone is definitely smaller than that,â€ Sideco said.
Most importantly, The Macalope:
This screen size argument is just another instance of feature chasing. Saying â€œOther phones have it so Apple must ship one, too!â€ is just admitting â€œI have no idea how Apple designs products.â€