iPhone Won’t Have A 4 Inch Screen, But It Will Have a 3.9 Inch Screen [Updated]

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Ah the rumor mill, don’t we all love it, live by it and eat it up? I know I do.

I hate admitting it but I love the rumors that fly around the interwebs at this time of year.

The latest in a string of iPhone 4 inch screen rumors, comes from a trusted source of 9 to 5 mac.

9to5mac is claiming that they have sources running around the Apple compound with a 3.9 inch screen on their device. With a stunning Retina display claiming to be close to 16:9 ratio, I am closer to salivating.

Right now we know of a few next-generation iPhone candidates in testing. These prototype phones are floating around Apple HQ in thick, locked shells in order to disguise the exterior design to “undisclosed” employees. We know of two next-generation iPhones in testing with a larger display: the iPhone 5,1 and iPhone 5,2. These phones are in the PreEVT stage of development and are codenamed N41AP (5,1) and N42AP (5,2). Because Apple reserves certain models for internal-only usage (such as the N96 phone we previously reported on), we’re not sure which of the two devices will make its way into the world later this year.

Both of these phones sport a new, larger display that is 3.95 inches diagonally.  Apple will not just increase the size of the display and leave the current resolution, but will actually be adding pixels to the display. The new iPhone display resolution will be 640 x 1136.  That’s an extra 176 pixels longer of a display.  The screen will be the same 1.94 inches wide, but will grow to 3.45 inches tall. This new resolution is very close to a 16:9 screen ratio, so this means that 16:9 videos can play full screen at their native aspect ratio.

[Update 9to5mac obviously did some poor math in calculating their latest peice - 3.99..... is what we may see, which is a 4 inch iPhone5.]

So are you excited about a “taller” screen iPhone5? I am getting there, still waiting till Feb 2013 till my contract is up though.

Matthew Snider

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Matthew is the Editor-In-Chief, and founder of Geek for i. He has produced such posts as Top 5 iPhone Apps For The BathroomMac or PC and many more. His love for iDevices started back when he purchased the original iPhone.

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