Rumors by Dan Seifert on Wednesday May 16, 2012.
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According to The Wall Street Journal and its infamous "people familiar with the matter," Apple has ordered larger smartphone displays from Asian component suppliers that will be used in the next iPhone. Reportedly, the larger screens measure 4 inches diagonally, which is bigger than the 3.5-inch screen that the iPhone has had since 2007.
The WSJ says that Apple has ordered displays from LG, Sharp, and Japan Display. Apple has long used multiple component suppliers to fulfill demand for its mobile devices, though LG was a prominent supplier for the Retina Display found in the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.
While Apple has chosen to use 3.5-inch screens in its smartphones up to this point, the rest of the smartphone world has moved well beyond that size, with many high-end Android smartphones packing 4.5- or even 4.7-inch displays. Many iPhone users have complained that the display is too small, but that hasn't stopped the iPhone from becoming the number one selling smartphone in the world. Therefore, we wouldn't expect Apple to drastically change its formula, even if it does opt for a slightly larger display in the next iPhone.