Rumor Mill: iPhone With 3.999-Inch Display, Next-Gen iPod Touch To Arrive “Taller”?

Rumor Mill: iPhone With 3.999-Inch Display, Next-Gen iPod Touch To Arrive “Taller”?


We’ll keep this as brief as possible.

Over the past 24-hours two new reports were published which claim to have at least some details on Apple’s next-generation iPhone and iPod touch. The first of these reports claims Apple’s next-generation iPhone – (currently expected to make its debut sometime this Fall) – may feature a 3.999-inch display.

Mock-up of iPhone with diagonal 4-inch display – (credit: Niilo Autio)

The report originally arrived via 9to5Mac, who cites that they are aware of “a few next-generation iPhone candidates in testing.” These devices, they claim, go under the codenames N41AP (5,1) and N42AP (5,2), and have been locked down in disguised cases to prevent employees not meant to be exposed to the new design(s) from seeing them.

The site also claims the two iPhones rumored to be in testing are currently in the Pre-EVT (Engineering Validation Testing) stage, and are said to carry a display larger than that seen on the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and all models released prior to the iPhone’s fourth-generation redesign.

This display size is thought to be a – (quite precise)3.999-inches.

They report:

Both of these phones sport a new, larger display that is 3.999 inches diagonally. Apple will not just increase the size of the display and leave the current resolution, but will actually be adding pixels to the display. The new iPhone display resolution will be 640 x 1136. That’s an extra 176 pixels longer of a display. The screen will be the same 1.9632 inches wide, but will grow to 3.484 inches tall. This new resolution is very close to a 16:9 screen ratio, so this means that 16:9 videos can play full screen at their native aspect ratio.

Meanwhile, MacRumors reports on two images – (although to us they look more like renders) – of what is claimed to be the front and rear panel of Apple’s upcoming “larger” iPod touch.

Rather weirdly, the site claims Apple’s next-generation iPod touch will arrive not with a 3.999-inch diagonal display as the above rumored iPhone, but instead an even bigger offering — claiming the device will arrive with a 4.1-inch diagonal display.

In line with [yesterday]‘s claims of taller iPhone prototypes with 3.95-inch displays, one of our sources has provided us with images of what are claimed to be new next-generation iOS device parts being carried by a supplier. The most significant of these parts is a claimed front panel from the next-generation iPod touch, with the supplier claiming that the display would be taller than the current model and that the opening in the front panel measures 4.1 inches diagonally.

Make of these two rumors what you will. We just thought we’d throw them out there briefly to show you that we’re keeping track. Some of these rumors, however, just appear to be rehashed from old reports – hence the brief overview.