The Wall Street Journal reports that production is set to begin next month on larger screens for the next-generation iPhone, which measure at least four inches diagonally. The current iPhone screen measures 3.5 inches diagonally, which has been the de facto display size for the iPhone since the original model was introduced in 2007. Apple is said to be increasing the screen size on the iPhone amid growing competition from Samsung and its myriad of smartphones with larger screens.
Until now, Apple has never changed the size of the iPhone’s screen, which has always been 3.5 inches from the first model that debuted in 2007. For the next iPhone, which analysts predict will come out in the fall, Apple is working with multiple screen makers including South Korea’s LG Display Co., Japan’s Sharp Corp. and Japan Display Inc., a new company created last month by three Japanese companies and the government, some of the people said.
Last week, iMore reported that that the next-generation iPhone will launch in October with LTE capability and a smaller dock connector, but likely without a rumored 4-inch screen. iLounge, on the other hand, claims that Apple will indeed release a 4-inch iPhone, noting that it will be thinner, taller, and have metal casing. Based on these rumors, a few mockups have surfaced that show what a 4-inch iPhone could look like.