A couple days ago we told you that the new iPhone (iPhone 5) would feature a 4.6-inch display. The news came from a seemingly believed source, Reuters, that claimed the news came from the Maeil Business Newspaper. In fact, they went as far to say as Apple was already placing orders of a 4.6-inch Retina display screen.
According to iMore however, this will not be the case. Their sources have concluded that the new iPhone will receive a modest update, but will be nothing as dramatic as a 4.6-inch display (and I have to agree with them). First of all the new iPhone is set to receive a micro-dock to replace the traditional standard 30-pin dock connector. This will free up some space for additional parts that will be featured in the new iPhone.
The screen of the new iPhone will either stay the same or see a small increase in size as I originally predicted. Let’s think about this for a minute… if the new iPhone received a 4.6-inch screen it would be a dramatic refresh. Why would Apple do such a dramatic refresh so soon when the iPhone 4S has proved to be a major success with just minor updates? In my opinion we will not see a major change in design to the iPhone, like we did when we transitioned from the iPhone 3GS to the iPhone 4, until 2013/2014.
Among other things 4G LTE connectivity will be added to the mix, with a release date scheduled for October 2012. The exact date won’t be determined until closer to launch, but it looks like the iPhone is locked to a fall cycle for the immediate future. To close, the new iPhone (iPhone 5) looks like it is on track to feature for the following:
- Similar if not same sized screen (currently 3.5-inch but not set in stone)
- 4G LTE radio
- New “micro dock” connector
- Fall/October 2012 release
What do you think Apple will do with the new iPhone? Will we really see such a giant increase in the screen size of the iPhone? Share your thoughts in the comments section below…