Rumor: Apple iPhone 5 to Sport 4.6 inch Retina Display

OK, here’s a new rumor for you – the next iPhone will sport a 4.6 inch Retina display, according to a South Korean media outlet.

While the Retina display part is a no brainer, I’m skeptical about the part which says that the iPhone 5 will have a 4.6 inch display. Apple had specifically said that it wouldn’t be competing on display size, as 3.5 inches was the optimum size for one-handed use in touchscreen displays.

Apple’s displays are supplied by Samsung and LG’s display units, but they haven’t commented on the rumor. According to the report, Apple has already placed orders for the larger display from its suppliers.

While Android smartphones have seen display sizes increase every year, Apple has stuck to its original 3.5 inch display size for every version of the iPhone, including the latest iPhone 4S.

The flagship Galaxy Nexus by Google and Samsung has a 4.65 inch display, while the Galaxy Note has a 5.3 inch display.

The report also suggests that Apple will be launching the new iPhone in Q2 2012, which is unlikely, as the iPhone 4S was launched only in late 2011.

I, for one, would prefer a larger display than the iPhone’s. So far, there have been rumors that the next iPhone would have a 4 inch display, which is much more plausible than this new one.

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