by Anton Shilov
03/21/2012 | 11:30 PM
Although Apple iPhone 4's "retina" screen looks spectacular, the 3.5" screen on a "dreamphone" seems to be outdated in 2012.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.