Could Apple be planning to cram a bigger screen into the iPhone 5?

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For four generations now since its debut in mid-2007, Apple's iPhone has stuck with the same screen size of 3.5 inches, with the only major display-oriented change coming in the form of the higher resolution 960×640 Retina Display of the iPhone 4. But in recent years rival phone manufacturers have been drawing some attention by launching models with larger WVGA screens with the sizes of 3.7 and 4 inches being common in some leading smartphones. Apple so far has resisted this temptation with a major reason being that by selling a single model, the company is required to strike the best compromise between size and portability, with 3.5 inches currently being their sweet spot.

If the latest rumors are to be believed, then that may be about to change in the next iPhone refresh. An image from a Chinese reseller of iPhone parts showing what is claimed to be the digitizer of the iPhone 5 features a much thinner screen bezel. This would allow a larger screen to be built into a case of the same or similar size to the existing iPhone, hence providing the benefits of a larger screen without sacrificing portability.

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Although this image matches some other rumors stating that the next iPhone will have a larger 4-inch "edge-to-edge" screen, nothing is confirmed and it's a case of waiting until more concrete proof surfaces or, of course, confirmation from Apple's official announcement expected later this summer.

[9to5Mac via Pocket-lint]
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Jeremy To

Jeremy is a former editor at Pocketables.