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Although Apple iPhone 4's "retina" screen looks spectacular, the 3.5" screen on a "dreamphone" seems to be outdated in 2012. The company reportedly plans to address this in its sixth-generation iPhone, which will sport large 4.6" screen, according to a media report.

Apple has started placing orders on 4.6" "retina" screen to its suppliers, according to an unnamed industry source quoted by South Korean Maeil Business newspaper, reports Reuters news-agency. Apple's major display suppliers in South Korea - LG Display and Samsung Electronics - naturally declined to comment.

Larger AMOLED+ screen is a natural improvement for Apple iPhone, which 3.5" display with 960*640 resolution still looks good, but which seems to be too small for today's top-of-the-range smartphones. Other improvements could be Apple A5X system-on-chip, 4G/LTE support and other technologies.

With the launch of the new iPad with 2048*1536 screen resolution, Apple can now offer high-definition video rent as well as high-definition video games, which means that it needs a new screen for its sixth-generation iPhone. What is unclear is what resolution Apple will decide to support as applications for the iOS operating systems currently support a number of 4:3 resolutions (480*320, 960*640, 1024*768, 2056*1536) and are not tailored for 16:9 or 16:10 resolutions.

Apple did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: Apple, Samsung, LG

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1024x768 is 4:3 (as is 2048x1536), but all the others in your list are 1.5:1
0 0 [Posted by: john42  | Date: 03/22/12 12:03:00 PM]
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Still using iphone 3GS, Larger screen on next iphone would be much welcomed and would make me want to upgrade,I think all phones that are now pretty much mini computers should have bigger screens, As long as it can still fit in a shirt or jeans pocket then bigger the better!
0 1 [Posted by: ozegamer  | Date: 03/22/12 05:19:31 PM]
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I don't know...
I think that is bad idea, the design would be ugly

For me, the improvements should be in the software and the use of accesories, like Sony does with the latest generation of xperia phones with NFC technology
1 0 [Posted by: holmanextremo  | Date: 03/23/12 07:18:10 AM]
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It wouldn't look so small if the bezel at the top and bottom wasn't so huge.

They could easily fit a much larger screen in the same form factor, the screen would just actually go to the edges.
0 0 [Posted by: blzd  | Date: 03/23/12 09:40:51 PM]
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true, an SGSII is almost the same size of an iPhone but has a 4.3" screen, also Samsung are rumored to be working on a screen without a bezel which would boost the size even higher...but to do any of that they need to switch to 19:9 or 16:10 resolutions and/or increase the size of the phone, I doubt any of that is ever happen with apple products...
0 0 [Posted by: Nicktrance  | Date: 03/24/12 05:02:09 AM]
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Yeah, right! 2 minutes call time, 1 minute WiFi :D Then plug-in and recharge! Good phone! Smartphone! iPhone!
0 0 [Posted by: Zingam  | Date: 03/26/12 10:11:21 PM]
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