On Wednesday, a report from The Wall Street Journal revealed that Apple is ordering 4 inch screens for the next generation iPhone 5. The screens have been reported to measure 4-inch diagonally, meaning that the width of the phone would not change, instead it would become taller.
A mockup of the possible next generation iPhone 5 was released earlier last week, and has gained lots of attention (image above). Every model released since the introduction of the original iPhone in 2007 had the same 3.5 inch diagonal widescreen display. This would be the first time that the screen would change.
Apple Inc., which is expected to launch its next-generation iPhone later this year, has ordered screens from its Asian suppliers that are bigger than the ones used in iPhones since they debuted in 2007, people familiar with the situation said.
Production is set to begin next month for the screens, which measure at least 4 inches diagonally compared with 3.5 inches on the iPhone 4S, the latest phone from Apple, the people said.
As with all previous generations of the iPhone, Apple has worked with outside companies on the display. The new 4 inch display for iPhone 5 is going to be created from a collaboration with LG, Sharp, and Japan Display.
Japan Display is a combination of Sony, Hitachi, and Toshiba, all native Japanese companies. Following the report from The Wall Street Journal, Reuters released their own report backing claims of Apple ordering 4 inch screens.
Apple Inc plans to use a larger screen on the next-generation iPhone and has begun to place orders for the new displays from suppliers in South Korea and Japan, people familiar with the situation said on Wednesday. [...]
The next generation iPhone 5 release date is expected to be announced during the same October timeframe as the iPhone 4S.