Apple to Launch Bigger Screen for iPhone 5
In a report first released by the Wall Street Journal, Apple is working to introduce bigger screens for their next batch of iPhones, set to be released this year. People working closely on the project reveal that Apple is currently in talks with their Asian suppliers, and that requests for wider screens on their ubiquitous smartphone are already underway. This will mean that the next iPhone will sport a bigger screen than current models available today.
While Apple has declined to comment, sources continue to report that the next iPhone will feature a 4-inch screen. Current iPhone models feature 3.5- inch screens which means, if the plans on the 4-inch screen update push through, the next-generation iPhone will have a 30% viewing improvement. The latest iPhone 4S was launched October 2011, although this more recent model of the iPhone 4 offered nothing new in terms of form or display.
Production is expected to commence in the next couple of months, as the company has already made orders from their suppliers based in Japan and South Korea. A few of these suppliers include Sharp Corp, LG Display Co Ltd and Japan Display Inc.
Analyst Stan Wu of Sterne Agee thinks the move is a good one. In a statement published at Reuters he says, “People love the current design. But it’s 18 months old.”
Plans to launch bigger screens for the iPhone may be viewed as a competitive move by Apple, given that Samsung has launched – just this month – the 4.8-inch touch screen Galaxy smartphone. It’s worthy to note that Samsung is also selling a wider selection of smartphones. And according to Strategy Analytics, a market research company, Apple came in second to Samsung in terms of worldwide smartphone sales for the first quarter. Apple sold 35.1 million smartphones, while Samsung enjoyed higher sales at 44.5 million.