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An iPhone with a bigger screen? It might finally be in the cards

May 17, 2012|By Salvador Rodriguez
  • A customer holds an iPhone at the Apple store on New York's Upper West Side.
A customer holds an iPhone at the Apple store on New York's Upper West… (Richard Drew / Associated…)

Rumors of a sixth-generation iPhone with a larger 4-inch screen are starting to gain traction, with another report coming out backing the claim.

The iPhone, which has had a 3.5-inch screen since its initial launch in 2007, may finally follow the trend started by Android smartphones and increase its screen size as a way to once again wow customers with a  new feature.

Apple reportedly has prepared to begin ordering larger screens for its flagship product from suppliers in South Korea and Japan.

The orders may begin as early as June, giving the production of the next iPhone a timetable to start in August, according to a report by Reuters.

The suppliers charged with this order of larger iPhone screens are LG Display Co. Ltd. and Sharp Corp. in South Korea and Japan Display Inc, according to Reuters, which offers "people familiar with the situation" as its source of information. 

The report by Reuters comes a day after an initial report by the Wall Street Journal outlining the possibility of a larger iPhone on its way.

Rumors of an iPhone with a larger screen have preceded the launch of previous iPhones, but have always proven false.

But this time around, the evidence is beginning to look pretty solid, and as Reuters notes, a larger screen would give the iPhone a "wow" factor once again. Its latest iPhone, the 4S , has sold well, but upon its unveiling, many customers were unimpressed by the device, which on the outside looks exactly the same as its predecessor, the iPhone 4.

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