Rumor: Sixth-generation iPhone could have 4.6-inch Retina display

Are you ready for iPhone rumors? Reuters is the first one out of the gate on sixth-generation iPhone rumors and its reporting that a Korean business newspaper says Apple's going to up the screen size on its beloved smartphone.

Since the iPhone launched in 2007, Apple's never grown its screen. With the iPhone 4, Apple doubled the resolution from 320x480 to 640x960 (Retina display), but the physical display's size has never changed from the original 3.5-inch (diagonal) size.

There were rumors of Apple choosing a 4-inch edge-to-edge display, but we all know how that played out.

According to Reuters:

Apple has decided on the bigger 4.6-inch display for its next iPhone and started placing orders to its suppliers, the Maeil Business Newspaper said, quoting an unnamed industry source.

Its major display suppliers LG Display and Samsung Electronics Co declined to comment.

A 4.6-inch display would put the next iPhone squarely in the running with Samsung's Galaxy Nexus which has a 4.65-inch display. A significantly larger display would also mean the iPhone's actual size would have to grow substantially and a larger battery would be needed to power it.

As outlined by Dustin Curtis and picked up by tech blogs last October, a 3.5-inch iPhone seems to be the perfect sized screen for one hand use — on the average hand.

Samsung loves to remind us that one-size doesn't fit all.

Will Apple cave in to the demand for larger smartphone screens? We've no idea, but 4.6-inches seems a bit much. A 4-inch Retina display would be more than enough to get people camping out for weeks ahead of launch.

Via Reuters

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