May 12th, 2012, 7:53 P.M.– Apple’s next smartphone not getting a “larger” screen? Plus, the long-rumored “iPhone 5″ still rumored to hit the smartphone market in September.
More iPhone 5 rumors to serve you ahead of the release date of the phone’s possible rival, the Samsung Galaxy S3, later this month in and early next month here in United States.
Let’s recap this week’s iPhone 5 rumors. The latest is from iMore, a trusted news site according to MacRumors largely because they predicted the launch of the LTE-equipped iPad 3 last quarter. This week, iMore has posted a report claiming that Apple, more likely than not, will release a redesigned iPhone 5, but might play with the same, successful design. In short, Apple’s next smartphone might not be as different. If the report is accurate, then the new iPhone might not ship with a larger than 4-inch display, a new aspect ratio, and a metal back.
The site reports:
Once again we’re hearing that if the screen size does change, it won’t be by a lot (no larger than 4-inches). We’ve heard nothing to indicate a planned change in the aspect ratio either way (and such a change still doesn’t make much sense to us).
October is still the planned launch period (iPhone 5), alongside the 7-inch iPad we reported on yesterday.
Introducing a new iPhone with a larger screen is very critical largely because all iPhone apps available in the app store right now were created using the 3.5-inch screen (maximum, but some apps can be stretched to 4 inches with no problem), and with the same aspect ratio. If the iPhone 5 will introduce a larger than 3.5-inch screen, then it would give iOS app developers a new task–redeveloping their apps to take advantage of the larger screen.
Reprogramming the apps with the maximum of 4 inches diagonal (if the iPhone 5 will include a 4-inch screen) will avoid the so-called pixel-y display. For starters, pixelation affects the quality of the applications, and Apple would not want to see a limited list of apps for the iPhone 5 because current iPhone apps were designed to support the 3.5-inch screen only.
If Apple, let’s hope they will, wants a 4-inch smartphone, then it is possible that the company will notify all developers that the next iPhone is larger, and they must update their apps to support it. Last quarter, Apple’s new iPad 3 introduced a new display, a stunning 9.7-inch Retina screen with more pixels per inch than the previous models, and app developers like Twitter, Facebook, Comixology and Rovio had updated their apps to support the new display to attract users of the new tablet computer. It is possible that app developers (and they should) will re-program their apps again before or right after the release date of the iPhone 5.
LTE is also expected to invade the iPhone world this year, and it looks like wireless providers are trying their best to maximize their coverage in order to sell more iPhone 5 units. This week, T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T and Verizon have started talking about their LTE networks. Verizon is currently leading with more LTE areas, while AT&T is trying its best to catch up. Sprint is expected to introduce its own LTE network in 6 cities this quarter, while T-Mobile said it will “full support” the iPhone this year by adjusting its AWS frequency band.
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