iPhone 5 launching with 3.95-inch display, more pixels?

With each new Apple product launch, there's typically one feature that gets the most attention in the rumour mill. This time around, it's the iPhone 5's display.

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According to Apple blog 9to5Mac, citing sources, the company is currently testing two iPhones that are boasting larger displays, at its headquarters in Cupertino, California — only one of which will be released. And, although rumours have suggested the device will come with a true 4-inch screen, 9to5Mac claims it'll actually boast a 3.95-inch display.

The new iPhone screen will be just as wide as that of its predecessor, 9to5Mac claims, but will be slightly taller, allowing Apple to add 176 pixels. The new resolution on the iPhone will be 640x1,136, according to the blog. Apple's current Retina display on the iPhone 4S features 640x960 resolution.

Although Apple hasn't confirmed it'll even launch a new iPhone, let alone what size screen such a device might have, the rumour mill has been saying for months now that the device will come with a larger display.

Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple is buying 4-inch screens for its next handset. Earlier this month, Apple-focused site iLounge made the same claim that 9to5Mac has, saying that the iPhone 5 will have a taller screen, measuring about 4 inches.

The larger screen should help Apple make some customisations to iOS 6, according to 9to5Mac. The blog claims that Apple is currently considering adding a fifth row of icons to the operating system's home screen, thanks to the additional screen real estate. It might also change the look and feel of built-in applications to accommodate the taller display.

One other tidbit from the 9to5Mac story: its sources say that Apple's next iPhone will, in fact, come with the, long-rumoured, smaller dock connector.

CNET has contacted Apple for comment on the rumour. We will update this story when we have more information.

Update: 9to5Mac has updated its original article and is now claiming the screen with be 3.999-inch. For those of you who rolled your eyes at 3.95-inches, plus feel free to round up to 4-inches in your mind when reading the details above.


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Im Batman posted a comment   

Seems like this screen size has more decimal points than pi.
Even though its inevitable, but it is sad that with the extra height on the home screen we only end up wiht more icons...
Resolution change is good, ends up being a 16:9 ratio, which will make watching the movies on the device much more enjoyable.

Smaller dock connector, bit sad for all the existing docks people have around the house, but guess it will not take long until it becomes the norm again.

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