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Apple to Announce Larger iPhone

May 22, 2012

Apple to Announce Larger iPhone

By Melissa Warner
TMCnet Contributing Writer

It may be just a rumor, but Reuters, The Wall Street Journal and Mashable are all reporting that the iPhone (News - Alert) is getting bigger in its sixth generation. Each year the iPhone has new features to draw customers in, but this year they are hoping a larger screen will help compete with the current Android (News - Alert) market.

According to industry experts, the Android puts up big competition due to select models having screens almost five inches diagonally. The size is important for people who shy away from the iPhone, feeling that the screen is too small to read email or view websites on. Though the screen will increase in size, it won’t be by much. The new screen will measure at 4.0 inches diagonally, only half an inch larger when compared to its current 3.5 inch screen.

Apple (News - Alert) has yet to confirm the rumors, but it is speculated that they will make the major announcement in June as they have in past years. However, publications have confirmed that new screens are in “early development” at Korea’s LG Display Co. Ltd., Sharp (News - Alert) Corp and Japan Display Inc.

Fans of the iPhone are criticizing the rumor because a number of users feel the size of the iPhone is one of the most appealing features. Android models can be too large to use one-handed, but the iPhone is a one-handed device. It’s expected that the iPhone will not grow in actual size because the new screen will still fit within the 4/4s” Apple iPhone case, leaving the 3:2 aspect ratio the same.

With the larger size also comes potential decreased pixel value, breeding many pessimistic fans. It’s been reported that the larger screen may mean it will have a lower pixel density than the current retina display.

The newest iPhone model is expected to deploy before the end of 2012.

Edited by Allison Boccamazzo

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