Next-Gen iPhone to Feature 4-Inch Screen and HD-Capable Camera


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KGI analyst Mingchi Kuo revealed that Apple is likely to increase the display size of their next-generation iPhone to 4.08 inches. The handset’s screen will feature a pixel resolution of 1136 x 640 and a 16:9 ratio. As written in his research notes: “We expect iPhone 5 to feature a 4.08-inch in-cell IPS panel screen with a display resolution of 1136 x 640 and 500-nit brightness.”

Valid Specification Compromise

Kuo’s analysis is in line with previous claims that Apple will come up with a taller iPhone without increasing the width. He also noted that the mentioned specs are a valid compromise for the device’s single-handed operability, backwards compatibility, battery life, and user experience. The analyst further speculated that the iPhone maker has ruled out displays larger than 4.3 inches because the resulting device would be difficult to operate using one hand.

A larger screen size also has an inflection point because it will require “visibly larger” battery capacity. In addition, Kuo pointed out the possibility that Apple will retain the battery capacity of around 1400 mAh for its upcoming device

Advantages of a Lengthened Screen Size

A taller screen serves an economic purpose—an unchanged width would save Apple money on app redevelopment cost. That’s because native apps will only need to be letter-boxed. The 16:9 ratio will also provide more viewing space while typing in portrait mode and improve the experience of watching movies in landscape mode.

Other than that, a longer iPhone would bring the earpiece closer to a user’s ear and the receiver to his or her mouth. It could also spur sales of the upcoming handset, which are expected to reach 70 million units this year, according to Kuo.

Front-facing Camera with HD Resolution Capability

There were also claims that the next-generation iPhone’s front-facing camera will be relocated to just above the earpiece. What makes this interesting is the fact that it will be HD-capable. Regardless, an enhanced camera would make sense for a four-inch display.

As for its rear camera, it will retain the eight-megapixel camera that it employed in previous models. However, there is an improvement in aperture of up to f/2.2. Apple’s iPhone 4S currently has a VGA-capable front-facing camera, while its rear camera has a maximum aperture of f/2.4.


Apple is expected to release its next-generation iPhone this fall, although there’s a debate over whether it will arrive in September or October. There were also reports that the handset will feature a Qualcomm LTE chip, aluminum back panel, and internal redesign.

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