Upcoming iPhone may sport a 3.99-inch screen, 1136 x 640 resolution

Yesterday was the day, where many anonymous sources decided to reveal a lot of information pertaining to the upcoming Apple devices. While it may be certain that Apple will ditch the 3.5-inch display they have used on their last five iPhones in favour of a 4-inch or so, a report by 9to5Mac claims that Apple is currently testing two prototypes of the iPhone 5, both of which feature a display 1136 pixels in height. This is a significant increase in comparison to their present model, the iPhone 4S, which features a height of 960 pixels. 

The report states, “Right now we know of a few next-generation iPhone candidates in testing. These prototype phones are floating around Apple HQ in thick, locked shells in order to disguise the exterior design to “undisclosed” employees. We know of two next-generation iPhones in testing with a larger display: the iPhone 5,1 and iPhone 5,2. These phones are in the PreEVT stage of development and are codenamed N41AP (5,1) and N42AP (5,2). Because Apple reserves certain models for internal-only usage, we’re not sure which of the two devices will make its way into the world later this year.”

Larger display to be featured here (Concept image - Fuse Chicken)

3.99-inch display with a resolution of 1136 x 640


The report goes on to explain that since Apple will be increasing the display size, they will also be increasing the number of pixels in height. iPhones presently sport a 3.5-inch display with an aspect ratio of 3:2. However, if these rumours are to be believed, then we can expect the next iPhone to support a native aspect ratio of 16:9. The report states, “Both of these phones sport a new, larger display that is 3.999 inches diagonally.  Apple will not just increase the size of the display and leave the current resolution, but will actually be adding pixels to the display. The new iPhone display resolution will be 640 x 1136.  That’s an extra 176 pixels longer of a display.  The screen will be the same 1.9632 inches wide, but will grow to 3.484 inches tall.”

With this design change, Apple may also add to the number of rows featured on the homescreen, taking it to five rows from the present four on current iPhones. The sources have also informed the website about the dock connector that will feature on the upcoming iPhone, while further adding that the prototype features a dock connector measuring between the size of a mini USB port and a micro USB port.

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Published Date: May 23, 2012 11:19 am | Updated Date: May 23, 2012 11:19 am