Bigger iPhone

Maeil Kyungjae → Reuters → Christina Bonnington, Wired:

On Thursday morning, Reuters reported that Apple’s next phone would come with a 4.6-inch display, significantly larger than the 3.5-inch display the phone currently sports.

Miyoung Kim, Reuters:

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 “noticeable weakness” 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.

And then:

At the least, says IHS iSuppli analyst Francis Sideco, Apple could maintain the current phone’s physical form factor, but push the edges of the viewable display to the limits of the phone’s chassis. “Other 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,” Sideco said.

I think a larger display that pushes right up against the edges will be a terrible iPhone experience.

Most importantly, The Macalope:

This screen size argument is just another instance of feature chasing. Saying “Other phones have it so Apple must ship one, too!” is just admitting “I have no idea how Apple designs products.”

Well said.