KGI analyst Mingchi Kuo, who AppleInsider say is known for having “sources deep within Apple’s chain”, is fully expecting that the iPhone 5 will move from its traditional 3.5″ 4:3 display to a 4″ 16:9 screen. More specifically, Kuo claims that Apple will be featuring a 4.08″ in-cell IPS panel screen with a resolution of 640 x 1136 and 500-nit brightness in its next generation iPhone. Previously, WJS had reported that the new iPhone’s screen will be “at least” 4 inches diagonally, and 9to5mac revealed that Apple had been testing out a taller display with 640 x 1136 pixels.
With regards to the rumour that the iPhone 5 will be thinner than the 4/4S, Kuo said Apple will likely keep the capacity of the battery at about 1,400mAh, which will be similar to that of the current generation iPhone.
And with various signs pointing to a taller iPhone 5 that will maintain its width from the iPhone 4/4S, Kuo believes it’s not only for ergonomic reasons, but also a financial one on the part of developers. AppleInsider writes:
Lengthening the screen without making it wider would serve more than just an ergonomic purpose. Kuo believes the unchanged width would save on app redevelopment costs because legacy apps could simply be letterboxed. The 16:9 resolution would provide more viewing space while typing in portrait mode and would more naturally display films in landscape mode. The analyst also claimed that a longer iPhone would bring the speaker close to users’ ears and the receiver closer to their mouths.
Kuo believes that an iPhone 5 with a larger screen will be a hit with consumers and expects 65-70 million units to be sold in 2012. The new iPhone is expected to be released in the fall, with October being a strong possibility - which was when the iPhone 4S was launched in 2011.