Well what do we have here, another iPhone 5 rumour? Maybe, but this one’s based on some pretty juicy information: it looks like Hitachi and Sony are both supplying Apple with 4-inch LCD displays for an iOS device due out in 2012.
The mystery device could of course be an iPod touch-esque PMP, but we’re thinking and hoping that after 4 generations of 3.5 inch iPhones, Apple are finally embracing change and bumping up the iPhone screen-size.
Japanese Apple blog-site Macotakara.jp reported that the shipments of 4 inch Hitachi and Sony displays have already begun. These displays are rumoured to introduce IGZO (indium, gallium, zinc) technology and offer a pixel density of 330 dots per inch.
LG produced a ground-breaking IPS Retina Display which has been critically applauded on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, as well as the IPS panels found on the iPad and iPad 2. Given the revelation about Hitachi and Sony however, coupled with word that Sharp would be taking over for the iPad 3, whether LG have retained the position of primary manufacturer for these two displays is unclear at best.
With devices like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note and the HTC Sensation XL dwarfing the iPhone 4, many believe that if the Apple want their iPhone 5 to compete on the multimedia stakes, 4 inches plus is a must. We’d say the market has evolved enough to embrace a 4 inch iPhone. Lets hope Apple agree.