According to a new report by The Wall Street Journal this afternoon, Apple is said to have placed orders for what are thought to be display components with at least 4-inches of diagonal real-estate, for the next iteration of its iPhone.
Again citing “people familiar with the situation,” the publication notes that the Californian company is “expected to launch its next-generation iPhone later this year, [and] has [therefore] ordered screens from its Asian suppliers that are bigger than the ones used in iPhones since they debuted in 2007.”
To get a feel of just how big an iPhone with a 4-inch display might be, MacRumors (with the help of Ciccarese Design) provides the following mock-up render of Apple’s iPhone 4S, compared with an artistic overview of what is expected from Apple’s sixth-generation iPhone.
Interestingly, despite how far-fetched some people out there believe this rumor is, respected news outlet Reuters today also backed up the claims, with the publication stating specifically that it believes the display of the next iPhone will measure exactly 4-inches diagonally.
Apple Inc plans to use a larger screen on the next-generation iPhone and has begun to place orders for the new displays from suppliers in South Korea and Japan, people familiar with the situation said on Wednesday.
The new iPhone screens will measure 4 inches from corner to corner, one of the sources said.
Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard Apple may be working on an iPhone with a larger screen. In fact, at the beginning of this month Apple-focused news site iLounge also stepped up claiming similar, noting that ‘The New iPhone’ will likely feature a 4-inch diagonal display, as previously reported.