The iPhone 4S is barely about a month old and already we’re starting to hear rumors about the iPhone 5, or so it seems. The latest report comes courtesy of the Japanese-language Macotakara blog which, citing sources in Asia, claims that Apple has already tapped Toshiba, Sony, and Hitachi Displays to supply 4-inch LCD screens for a next-gen iOS device and that these supposedly larger screens have already begun shipping.
While it’s possible these larger screens are intended for a larger version of the iPod Touch, Apple has consistently instituted premium features into its iPhone line before trickling them down to the iPod. Consequently, one can reasonably assume that the iPhone 5 will, in fact, sport a 4-inch screen as has been previously rumored. As it stands now, the iPhone currently and has always sported a 3.5-inch screen. Looking to differentiate their products, rivals quickly began churning out devices with monstrous sized screens. Indeed, the iPhone’s relatively smaller screen size was recently the butt of a joke in a Samsung commercial highlighting the large screen size of the Galaxy S II.
Earlier last week, iLounge also reported that the next-gen iPhone will sport a 4-inch screen in addition to being 8mm longer, and we imagine, thinner as well. What’s more, the device will reportedly revert back to a metal casing (so long, glass) and will likely feature aluminum. And lastly, the iLounge report (a site with a fairly good track record) relays that the iPhone 5 will not feature the teardrop design that made the rounds in a plethora of iPhone cases and schematics this past Summer.