Apple’s always been resolute on the topic of the iPhone’s screen: they developed the most perfect, optimum-sized display for a phone ever, and everyone else is just plain wrong. Right? Perhaps not any more, if rumours from the far east are to be believed. Will the iPhone 5 have to ramp up its display size to stave off the competition?

According to the Maeil Business Newspaper of South Korea, Apple is now placing orders with various suppliers for components that fit around a 4.6-inch display. Although Apple’s screen manufacturing partners Samsung and LG are keeping quiet, it’s not the first time word on a larger iPhone 5 has surfaced.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is set for launch in either April (if you believe yesterday’s gossip) or May, and that’s likely to have a Super AMOLED screen somewhere around the 4.6 or 4.8-inch mark. It’s going to be a big rival to the iPhone 5 in more ways than one, and may force Apple’s hand in terms of display size for the first time.

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Steve Jobs was famously adamant that the iPhone’s 3.5-inch display was the right size, but if the consumer consensus continues to believe that bigger is better, Apple will have to comply – something that an Apple under Tim Cook might not have so much of a problem doing.

Whatever happens, you can bet that the quality of the iPhone 5’s display will be at least as pretty as the Retina Display on the iPhone 4 and 4S. Do you think Apple will make the iPhone 5 bigger? Let us know below.

Via Reuters

  • Anonymous

    4 to 4.3inch screen is the best size not 4.6 to 4,8 inch

    • Guesticles

      Your opinion only…and a stupid statement

      • AntiGuesticles

        You just contradicted yourself there! 

      • AntiGuesticles

        You just contradicted yourself there! 

  • Garthb

    Lack of screen size is the only thing that put me off going for the iPhone 4S.  I have a Desire HD and at 4.3″, is good for me so would want something similar from the new iPhone (assuming they drop the #5 from the naming convention).

  • Thor

    I very much hope they have a nice big screen. I have the iPhone 4 and the screen really is just not big enough to compete in the current smartphone market. I’ve tried and Galaxy S2 and it’s a lovely size, great to use and still fits in the pocket easily. Fingers crossed for a 4″+ screen size in the iPhone 5.

    • Anonymous

      Steve Jobs was famously against big screens, but I think Apple has to move to something a bit bigger -3.9inches say.

  • Thor

    I very much hope they have a nice big screen. I have the iPhone 4 and the screen really is just not big enough to compete in the current smartphone market. I’ve tried and Galaxy S2 and it’s a lovely size, great to use and still fits in the pocket easily. Fingers crossed for a 4″+ screen size in the iPhone 5.

  • http://twitter.com/Patrick_J73 Patrick

    I own a Galaxy S Wifi 5.0 and thats a nice size even if its not a phone, so why not 5″

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_G6MFYBH44NOOASGE3DV7YZYZAM nulldood

    Even the 4.65″ Galaxy Nexus seemed too small to me.  Holding one for the first time was disappointing…it felt puny.  We need a screen much closer to 5″ before it feels substantial enough in the hand.  You can never, EVER have too much touchscreen real estate.  The 5.3″ Galaxy Note looks awesome, but I’d never sacrifice for it by having to deal with AT&T’s crappy coverage.

  • Mike Tan

    Personally feel that a screen size of between 4.6 and 5″ would be great. It still fits most pockets, and yet allows one to read emails or news articles online very comfortably. Needless to say, watching videos will be a joy.

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