The world is still coming to terms with release of Apple's New iPad. However that doesn't stop the rumour mill from spitting out rumours and speculation. Rumour has it that the new iPhone 5 will touch a 4.6-inch display, a size never seen before on an iPhone or iPod touch.
Rumours about the iPhone 5 have been circulating for well over a year now. It is too soon to totally believe any one particular rumour. Given the fact that rumours regarding the New iPad are now finally non-existent, the speculators once again turn their attention towards 2012's most awaited smartphone. Apple didn't name their third generation tablet the iPad 3, they simply called it the New iPad. We have a hunch that the exact naming methodology will be used for the upcoming iPhone as well.
Reuters points us to a report which claims that the new iPhone 5 will feature a bigger 4.6-inch display. That's an increase of 1.1-inches as both the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S have a 3.5-inch screen. The display itself will be a Retina Display, which has been proved to exert less strain on the user's eyes.
Apple has been pretty consistent with the screen size on it's smartphone. So why would it feel the sudden urge to completely change things? Various Android devices have proved themselves to be competition for the iPhone, these devices include the Samsung Galaxy S 2, the Galaxy Nexus etc. All of these smartphones have screens of 4-inches or above. The upcoming Galaxy S 3 is rumoured to have a 4.7-inch screen. If this rumour is legitimate, then that means Apple is rapidly making changes in it's devices so as to keep up with market trends.
It can not be said for sure how consumers will react to this change. While the 3.5-inch screen may seem relatively small as compared to these mammoth ones, it is quite manageable as well as easy to use with one hand only. In terms of design, it has been said that the new iPhone 5 will have a teardrop design, much like that of the Macbook Air. 4G LTE support and a quadcore processor are amongst expected features.