Apple's iPhone 5 will have a 3.7-inch screen, and a metal back, according to a new report.
If you were hoping for a massive screen on the next iPhone, you may be out of luck. According to Taiwan-based DigiTimes,
the display of Apple’s next-generation handset will measure less than 4
inches, dashing the long-running rumors that said otherwise. The
screen, says an unnamed source, will measure 3.7-inches, up from the
3.5-inch Retina Display of the iPhone 4.
Speculation that the iPhone 5‘s
screen would measure 4-inches or more (some have said 4.2-inches) is
reportedly based on little more than what the market expects the next
iPhone to be, says DigiTimes. This means, basically, that there
are a bunch of technology analyst out there making guesses about the
iPhone 5 based upon what the rest of the mobile industry is doing, in
order to advise investors who are trying to get a leg up on Wall Street.
Those guesses are then leaked out into the world of tech news sites,
the game of telephone begins, and rumors run wild. As we all know,
however, Apple rarely follows industry trends; they make industry
trends. So basing expectations about Apple on what other companies are
doing isn’t worth much.
While we’ve been hearing that the fifth-generation iPhone will have a
4-inch screen or larger for some time, this isn’t the first time we
heard about a less than 4-inch display. Joshua Topolsky at This Is My Next also reported
(back in April) that the iPhone 5 would have a 3.7-inch screen. The
screen of the new iPhone will maintain the 960×640 resolution of the
iPhone 4′s display, which means Apple can only increase the size a small
amount without a visible drop in image quality.
"Rumors have been suggesting that the size would bump up to 4 inches,
but at that size with the current resolution, pixel density drops to
288, making it harder for Apple to use the [Retina Display] branding,”
In addition to screen size, DigiTimes‘ source also says that
the iPhone 5 will have a metal back, rather than the glass back of the
iPhone 4. This will do two things. First, it will " allow the bezel of
the panel to become thinner and make the screen look larger,” as DigiTimes points
out. It should make the new iPhone a bit more durable than the iPhone
4, which has been often criticized for its fragility.
In addition to these details, common iPhone 5 rumors say that the
next-gen handset will have an 8-megapixel camera, a faster,dual-core A5
processor and full HD video recording capabilities. It may also be
available on Sprint, as well as the current carriers, AT&T and
Verizon. The iPhone 5 is expected sometime in late-September or October.