Supply snitches: 4in iPhone 5 screens shipping now
'Sharp, Hitachi making big hi-res LCD screens'
Don't spit your coffee out, but further rumours today make it more likely that the iPhone 5 will have a 4in screen.
Hitachi Displays and Sony Mobile Display Corporation are already shipping 4in LCD touch screens destined for next-gen iPhones, say "sources within Apple's Far Eastern supply chain", according to AppleInsider.
The whisperings from the manufacturers reinforce rumours last week that predicted an expanded iPhone.
This mythical screen won't just be bigger than the 3.5in current offering. It will have a slightly higher resolution, packing 330 dots per inch compared to the current pixel density of 326 on the iPhone 4S, making it officially high resolution. The new wonder-screen will also be more energy efficient and thinner than current iPhone displays.
Apple's 4in screen may use a new type of semiconductor - a "modified IGZO" (indium, gallium, zinc) technology. The source for the latter was an investors' report by stock analyst Peter Misek.
The Hitachi and Sony offshoots will merge with Toshiba in Spring 2012 to create a new company Japan Display KK. Further rumours suggest that Apple has invested heavily in Sharp's display factory. ®
An OLED LCD???
Surely it's either OLED or LCD, but not both. These "sources" appear to flip-flop between the two.
Who in heck keeps their phones in the shirt pocket?
A recipe for disaster when going to the loo, methinks. Real men keep their phones in their trouser pockets, where larger sizes can be uncomfortable (and misleading).
But I have no problem with the iPhone going a tad bigger - just don't think it's going to make a heck of a lot of difference: I can get a similar increase by holding my iPhone 16 inches away from my eyes rather than 18".
Nice try Materialised, but fragmentation isn't about screen sizes
Fragmentation is about the fact that different Android devices have (potentially) widely varying capabilities and that there are so many "live" versions of the OS in the wild some of which have vendor specific/derived customisations and extensions.
But different screen sizes and resolutions are not a significant issue since Android has very good support for varying and various screen sizes and resolutions.
They WILL be a significant issue for iOS however, since their is no real support in any existing code for anything other than two screens - iPhone and iPad.
Add a new resolution or a new screen size and at the very least a whole new set of UI resources are required.
With the SII in the pocket - no really, it isn't too big for that.