Rumour Mill: iPhone 5 will have a 4 inch screen, iPad 3 a high-res display

One of the most hotly discussed feature of the iPhone’s release in 2011 was its speculated 4 inch screen. Well, we all know how all that turned out after the 4S was announced. Fear not though for all those of you clamouring for the larger touch screen. According to iLounge’s “most reliable sources”, the next gen iPhone (aka the iPhone 5) will indeed have a 4 inch display, along with some other prominent changes:

Our source says that the next-generation iPhone will not look like the teardrop-shaped version that was widely rumored for release in 2011. We’ve been told that the device will have a 4-inch display and will be 8mm longer than before, with a metal casing (probably aluminum). It is on track to be introduced in summer of 2012, and is still in the engineering phase, not early production. We suspect that poor battery life doomed the prior prototype version, and that this one is being built with LTE-ready battery drain in mind.

As for the iPad 3, it’ll supposedly be slightly thicker (0.7mm) to house a twin light bar system for the long expected higher res display (retina?):

The third-generation iPad will become modestly thicker (0.7mm) in order to accommodate the twin light bar system needed for its higher-resolution display. It’s currently on track for a March timeframe release, and according to our source could be publicly shown as early as January, depending on conditions.

Finally, the source also notes that the MacBook Pro could very well receive an all new (thinner) design in 2012 :

Barring some huge and unexpected issue, 2012 will be the year when the MacBook Pro line gets its new design. Think thinner.

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