Report: Apple has placed orders for 4″ screens for new iPhone

 

According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple has already begun to place orders for the iPhone 5′s screen and they’re said to measure “at least” 4 inches diagonally, with production for the screens set for next month. In a separate report from Reuters that provides similar info, Apple indeed plans to use a larger screen for the next iPhone (“4 inches from corner to corner”) and has placed orders for the next display from LG, Sharp and Japan Display Inc. Reuters was more specific with manufacturing dates, with production for the screens to start as early as June, which would allow the iPhone to go into full production by August. Neither report though has given any indication if the iPhone’s current 2:3 aspect ratio (vertical) or width will be changed, though iLounge’s recent rumour pointed to an elongated 4″ screen that keeps the same dimensions widthwise of an iPhone 4/4S. If the above production dates are true, there’s a good chance we can expect the iPhone 5 to be released sometime in October, a full year after the iPhone 4S first hit the market. And by the looks of it, it appears more and more likely that the iPhone will finally ditch its 3.5″ screen for a larger one.

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High quality mockups of rumoured 4″ iPhone 5

If you’ll recall, iLounge reported earlier this month that the iPhone 5 will have a 4 inch screen (while keeping its width), a metal back and be 20% slimmer than the iPhone 4/4S. With these specs in mind, Macrumors commissioned Ciccarese Design to create some high quality mockups of what the new iPhone could potentially look like. The results are quite stunning and certainly appear more plausible than the recent Liquidmetal Concept images. What’s interesting about the taller 4″ screen is that it could very well allow Apple to include an extra row of apps on the springboard, bringing it to a total of 6 rows if you include the bottom dock. And according to iMore’s sources, Apple hasn’t decided yet on the final design for the iPhone 5, so it’s possible that the final product will have completely different dimensions. Check out the rest of the gallery after the gap.

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iPhone 5 to have 4″ screen, a metal back and all new dock connector?

If you’ve been following the rumours surrounding the iPhone 5, you probably read that its screen could be anywhere from its current 3.5″ to 4.6 inches. While the latter seems like long shot for various reasons, a 4″ screen does appear to be a more logical choice. iLounge first reported this very size back in November of 2011, and in new and recent post, the website has provided some detailed dimensions on the next gen iPhone. According to their sources, the iPhone 5 will indeed sport a 4″ screen (while keeping same width as the 4/4S) and be 20% thinner (9.3mm vs 7.4mm) than its predecessor.

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New iPhone 5 LiquidMetal Concept looks smashing [Images]

By now, you may have heard of the swirling rumours about the iPhone 5 being made with Liquidmetal, the commercial name of a mixture of alloys that’s supposedly twice as strong as titanium. While nothing’s for certain and we may not even see Liquidmetal until the iPhone 6 or later, french designer Antoine Brieux has created a rather stunning and realistic concept of the next gen iPhone using this highly durable material. Dubbed the iPhone 5 LM, the device features a quad-core A6 chip, 4.5″ screen, a 10 MP camera and a very nifty virtual home button. Below are several more images of the slick mock up.

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New iPhone will sport a 4.6 inch retina display?

When it comes to rumours of an iPhone 5 (new iPhone?) with a larger display, we’ve all heard it before. While past reports have speculated on a 4-inch display, Reuters today is reporting that the next iPhone will have a 4.6-inch retina screen and be released within several months.

Apple Inc’s new iPhone will have a sharper and bigger 4.6-inch “retina” display and is set to be launched around the second quarter, a South Korean media reported on Thursday.

Apple has decided on the bigger 4.6-inch display for its next iPhone and started placing orders to its suppliers, the Maeil Business Newspaper said, quoting an unnamed industry source.

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Foxconn Source: iPhone 5 ready for production

According to 9to5mac, a reliable source at Foxconn in China (the same source that tipped them off regarding Apple’s plans to release the iPhone 4S instead of the 5 late last summer) has let it be known that the next iPhone (currently being called iPhone 5), is gearing up for production. It is said there are multiple sample next-gen iPhones that are floating around the factory and they all differ slightly from one another. Interestingly enough, the one thing they all have in common with each other is the 4+ inch display, which if true, means Apple will finally release an iPhone with a screen size comparable to other Android phones. In addition, the current samples so far are symmetrical in thickness (no teardrop shape that’s been rumoured previously) and longer/wider than the current iteration, though none share the form factor of the iPhone 4/4s. It’s important to remember that none of these prototypes are actually the final versions – many things can change from now until its actual release in the summer/fall of this year.

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.

iPhone 5 Cases available for sale in China

By now, you’ve likely seen a number of early leaks of iPhone 5 cases on the web, ones which point to a complete redesign of the 5th gen iPhone. Most of these silicone cases suggest a slimmer profile, wider screen and a curved back. And according to MIC Gadget, these iPhone cases are all over the place in China, suggesting that manufacturers have already begun (or are in the process) of mass producing them. We’ve also received a tip from a company based in Shenzhen, China that’s taking orders for the silicon cases. Minimum order appears to be 500 pieces (mixed colors allowed with 10 available colors) at US$0.78c a pop. Once payment has been received, the order will be shipped in 4 days time.

So the real question is how much faith you put into these iPhone 5 cases. I mean sure, you can buy a 1000 or more of ‘em, but just imagine if they don’t quite fit the iPhone 5 come September or October, its rumoured released date. Then you’ll have plenty of cases that aren’t good for any iDevice on the market. Of course, there’s also the scenario that they’re bang on and you make yourself a few bucks on the side. More piccies after the break.

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64GB iPhone caught on camera [Video]

If you haven’t already heard, there were reports of 64 GB iPhone 4s being sold in Hong Kong (Mong Kok’s Sin Tak computer plaza) several days ago. Well M.I.C gadget has now gotten their hands on an earlier iPhone 4 prototype with this very capacity spec and captured it on camera. The site goes on to say that this particular iPhone was leaked from a Foxconn factory in China:

Apparently, this 64GB iPhone 4 is not for sale in grey markets of Hong Kong. The owner of this engineered prototype told us that he got it from a source who has a small quantity of these prototypes. They are definitely leaked from Foxconn’s factory in Shenzhen. What’s more, according to the owner, he believes that the next iPhone will bring 64GB storage capacity to users. Well, we think Apple is planning to update the iPhone 4 with small upgrades, at least featuring a new 64GB model.

There’s no telling whether this opens the door for an iPhone 5 with 64 GB (or even for the iPhone 4), but at the very least, it shows that Apple is considering the possibility. It’s certainly not hard to imagine how popular a next gen iPhone with 64 GB storage space would be amongst users – I know I’d be all over that. Full video after this space.

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