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Apple's Newest iPhone Will Have a 4.6 Inch Screen

March 22, 2012

Apple's Newest iPhone Will Have a 4.6 Inch Screen

By Miguel Leiva-Gomez
TMCnet Contributor

Apple's (News - Alert) new iPhone might not be the next Samsung Galaxy Note, but it's certainly around that ballpark with its new screen! This smartphone's been ramping up its sales ever since it's come out in 2007 and it still refuses to go down without a fight. In fact, Apple's making about half of its killing out of the iPhone (News - Alert) - a phone that had a "touch" concept its competitors have adopted.

The company took a new approach to its phone with its latest version, embedding a 4.6-inch "retina" OLED touch screen. OLED, known as Organic Light Emitting Diode technology, makes use of electroluminescence - a phenomenon that happens in organic material that interacts chemically to produce light. An LED screen composed of these organic materials is known as an OLED screen. Its characteristics allow it to make lighter, thinner phones without the need for a backlight. Almost every device on the market today can benefit from OLED technology.

Even better, it is currently rumored that the new iPhone will have an edge-to-edge screen, and 4.6 inches kind of matches the figure for the iPhone's current dimensions, so the numbers add up. With an edge-to-edge display, the entire phone becomes the screen, and you have a more comfortable, natural user interface, hence the term "NUI."

This isn't Apple's first adaptation of the OLED phenomenon. Just last month, it released a new tablet, the iPad HD, with an OLED interface. Unfortunately, the tablet seems to be having heat issues, perhaps because of the processor or the new display. Either way, it seems like many people are starting to complain about the heat issues, making it look like Apple has done little testing on the product before releasing it into the jungle. Thermal imaging puts the iPad at 116 degrees Fahrenheit (47 degrees Celsius) after running intense applications. The iPad also had these issues when using 4G LTE (News - Alert) high-speed Internet.

Hopefully, Apple can address this issue with a new iPad release and take the lessons it learned in the design of its new iPhone.

Edited by Jamie Epstein

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