Mockup design of iPhone with larger display, via 9to5Mac
Chuck Remington for 9to5Mac claims that Apple is currently testing a new iPhone with a larger 3.999-inch display, which contradicts an earlier report from the Wall Street Journal that says the next iPhone will have a display that is “at least 4 inches” diagonally. Apple has always used a 3.5-inch display since the launch of the original iPhone nearly five years ago, but Remington says that is about to change.
According to the report, Apple is currently testing at least two different prototype iPhones, disguising them in locked shells to protect any potential leaks from “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 (such as the N96 phone we previously reported on), we’re not sure which of the two devices will make its way into the world later this year.
Both of the prototype iPhones allegedly carry a display that is 3.999-inches diagonally, with an increased resolution of 640 x 1136 pixels. The screen will remain 1.94 inches wide, but will be taller at 3.45 inches. Remington notes that this new resolution is very close to 16:9 aspect ratio, meaning that 16:9 videos can play on the new iPhone at their native aspect ratio. The extra pixels on the iPhone’s display will allow for the handset to have the same ultra-crisp Retina display that the iPhone 4S has.
Additionally, the report suggests that Apple’s next iPhone will include a home button and smaller dock connector as previously rumored. Apple is also experimenting with the iPhone’s home screen, adding a fifth row of icons above the dock. It’s unknown if Apple will retain these changes in iOS 6.