Apple suppliers begin shipping 4-inch displays for next-gen iPhone, says source

“According to Asian source, Hitachi Displays, Ltd. and Sony Mobile Display Corporation started to ship 4-inch LCD for new iOS device and LCD for iPad 3. These 2 companies will be merged their business with Toshiba Mobile Display Co., Ltd., as “Japan Display” in 2012 spring,” Danbo reports for Macotakara.

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Arnold Kim reports for MacRumors, “The report doesn’t specify which iOS device that the screens would be used for, but the most natural choice would be the next generation iPhone. Apple has been said to be exploring the use of a 4″ display for their upcoming iPhone.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “GetMeOnTop” for the heads up.]

28 Comments

      1. Apple can arrange different 4″ display — 16:9 ratio 1132×640. This display’s width would be the same as in current display, only height would be increased. iPhone itself would keep the same physical size. Additional vertical space could be reserved for iOS functions and widescreen video/browsing only — to not fragment software ecosystem.

        Also, Apple might want to keep display’s size unchanged.

        Anyway, Apple usually has 12-16 month release time between new iPhone models, so it is highly doubtful anything bigger than some test parties have started to be produced.

  1. And so it begins.

    Guess that means Tim is starting to ignore Steve?
    (It was reported that Steve himself stopped the 4″ iPhone 5)

    The dumb stupid FAndroid-Bots will likely say : “Look, Apple isn’t innovating, just following. We had 4″ before them…blablbabla…I’m am the only gay in the village…”.

    1. I was thinking the same thing. New iPod Touch? Maybe. Ipod touch makes more sense since it do not receive and update, but I would imagine a new iPod touch would receive a much larger display than 4″

  2. We get these spoilers every year just before christmas.

    They plant the idea “don’t buy now, there is a better one just round the corner”

    Get real. The current iPhone leader has been on the market for 1 month. Apple are not about to blow it out of the water any time soon.

    Maybe the next iPhone will be end of June. Maybe it will be October. But if anyone is shipping 4″ displays now, then they’re not for an iPhone.

  3. Apple needs to step up its game and bring out the iPhone 5 with a 4″ screen as soon as possible, possibly even as soon as March 2012, and obsolete the 4S to a junkyard somewhere. No one wants to buy outdated 3.5″ technology any more – it’s embarrassing when stacked up against the latest Android offerings. Make it a quad core with improved battery life.

    1. BLN you are clueless…

      …or a stealth troll. While Improved battery life is always a plus, the 4S has the best battery life of any smartphone on the market.

        1. I will accept that the Samsung Screen is bigger and more vibrant though that is down to the Super AMOLED Plus screen. Apple will introduce that tech when it becomes cheap enough to maintain profit margins. For most people the screen is good enough. Sure it could be better but that applies to most devices out there.

          PS I am not an iPhone owner so my head is not so far up my arse.

          1. If you look at them in real life though (as apposed to this crap video) you will notice that the “vibrant” amoled just looks overblown like the (low price) over-saturated TV’s or the crap audio systems (where the bass and treble are artificially exaggerated in an attempt to sound more exciting)
            As with the cheap (boom-sizzle) audio and crappy TV monitors what at first glance seems “exciting” (overblown saturation) will quickly fade and become annoying while accurate reproduction will not.

        2. I watched that video twice and the only conclusion I draw is that the iPhone’s screen is clearer, has better shadow detail, is sharper, more color-accurate, and achieves a more proper aspect ratio. What, pray tell, is showing me anything else?

  4. The only way I can fathom a 4-inch screen is if the pixels density gets watered down, and has the same resolution as the iPad. I’m no wiz at scale, so I’ll let you figure out how that might (not) work.

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