There are all kinds of rumors and we have been doing our best to sort through them and make sure we post just the most likely and interesting of the leaked information. It is widely known and discussed that the next iPhone will have a larger screen and that Apple will finally succumb to market pressure as well as customer pressure and increase the size of their display from a tiny 3.5 inch retina screen to that of a 4 inch screen.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released today that “We expect iPhone 5 to feature a 4.08-inch in-cell IPS panel screen with a display resolution of 1,136 x 640 and 500-nit brightness,” . The screen size will be slightly larger than 4 inches and measure 90.3 (mm) long by 50.9 (mm) wide making it 4.08 inches of screen for your viewing pleasure. Apple gave the nod to Toshiba Matsushita Display, LG Display and Sharp to supply the panels for the iPhone 5. The display will have a 1,136 x 640 resolution with 320 PPI.
The picture above from 9 to 5 mac indicates what we can expect the iPhone 5 to look like and it is the bottom configuration with the new sync/charging port and the relocated 3.5mm audio jack that is changed. Apple even managed to place the two speaker grills on the bottom with the newly positioned audio jack.
Another interesting tidbit is that Apple choose to leave the screen size at 4 inches and retain the current iPhone 4S battery instead of having to change batteries for having to go to a larger screen of 4.3 inches or larger. Steve Jobs always maintained that larger screen devices made the one handed operation difficult or impossible for some users, and this new screen size seems to be the most logical progression for Apple and keep with Steve’s original design but appeal to more customers and market pressure.