iPhone 5 bezel leak supports 4-inch display rumor

iPhone 5 bezel leak supports 4-inch display rumor

Summary: Speaking of leaked Apple bezels, 9to5Mac has also posted a picture (from a a Chinese reseller, natch) of what it believes to be a bezel from the iPhone 5.

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Speaking of leaked Apple bezels, 9to5Mac has also posted a picture (from a a Chinese reseller, natch) of what it believes to be a bezel from the iPhone 5. How a Chinese reseller might have obtained such a part (and posted it on their site, no less!) is a valid question, but let's take it at face value and assume that it's real.

9to5Mac believes that it's the digitizer panel for the fifth generation iPhone’s touchscreen. Its design is similar to the current iPhone 4, and past iPhone models, but with a larger screen cutout area.

No measurements were included, but when compared to the iPhone 4 digitizer (above) the new cutout could house a four-inch display. This meshes nicely with previous rumors coming out of China that Apple is working on a larger four-inch panel for the next iPhone to better compete with the larger displays now shipping on several Android phones. The current iPhone 4 includes a 3.5-inch touchscreen.

Topics: iPhone, Apple, Hardware, Mobility, Smartphones

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  • RE: iPhone 5 bezel leak supports 4-inch display rumor

    SWEET! No more Android for me!! Count me in!!
    Hasam1991
    • RE: iPhone 5 bezel leak supports 4-inch display rumor

      @Hasam1991
      I think you have already claimed that and moved away from your Android for iPhone. Why are you saying "Count me in!!" again?
      Ram U
    • How many Android phones did you buy?

      @Hasam1991
      You've moved away from Android at least twice a week.

      Are you stockpiling iPhones now?
      Will Farrell
    • RE: iPhone 5 bezel leak supports 4-inch display rumor

      @Hasam1991 What did Stevie pay you to slobber like that?
      dixonrf
    • RE: iPhone 5 bezel leak supports 4-inch display rumor

      @Hasam1991
      I'm thinking a 4" screen is the perfect size for a phone. If its not a 4G phone then there will still be better options with android phones.
      kroguej@...
  • I guess size does matter after all. ;) (nt)

    nt
    psquared007
  • RE: iPhone 5 bezel leak supports 4-inch display rumor

    I have to laugh about the surprise that even Apple has "IP leakage" in P.R. China... NO ONE is 100% secure when any part of the design/engineering process is "farmed out".
    Matthew A. Sawtell
  • RE: iPhone 5 bezel leak supports 4-inch display rumor

    Speculation, especially about an Apple product is always fun. Is this actually in 'response' to larger screened Android phones or is it simply part of Apple's long term evolution of design? I have had an iPhone 3G and now have an iPhone 4 and while the retina display is a pretty nice improvement I'm not sure a few extra millimeters scree space would make that much difference.

    If Apple follows past development patterns iPhone 5 will be a minor upgrade using similar body design, battery, et al. The real upgrade will happen with version 6, IMHO. Same could be said for the iPad II about to be announced. I suspect it will add those features that we all thought were missing from version 1 but not be a huge leap in design.
    dheady@...
    • RE: iPhone 5 bezel leak supports 4-inch display rumor

      @dheady@...

      Agree. I think Apple is moving at their own pace, not following others with larger screens. It's part of the long term evolution of their hardware design. For instance I am sure the iPad 3 is well into its development as the iPad 2 is about to be released.
      dave95.
      • As an Android lover....

        I use a 3.7" but have played with my friends 4.3" (I know dirty right), and I have to say that all the things that I love on my phone, I love it more on a bigger screen. If they, and I am sure Apple will, keep the profile slim it will still fit nicely into people's pockets and look GREAT with a retina display.<br><br>@dave95. But I have to say to think that Apple in all their glorious perfection is impervious to Android is fanboish (stress the boyish). Cmon, can you say Droid X and Evo and all their success have nothing to do with it (if its true)...The technology coming into these phone development periods is happening at a breakneck pace. A bigger screen is definitely a response to consumer need. If Apple was a bulti-billion dollar company - and they are - they probably have any number of potential forks for product development that they then merge features as the tech need arises.<br><br>Just my novice thoughts-
        jivester
      • RE: iPhone 5 bezel leak supports 4-inch display rumor

        @dave95. Apple is behind the curve on phones. Android development is quicker, more nimble than Apple. Apple is more about milking it's user base and profit margins.
        mrxxxman
      • RE: iPhone 5 bezel leak supports 4-inch display rumor

        @mrxxxman I won't argue that the Android market isn't more nimble but the fact of the matter is no Android OEM has caught up to Apple in sales so apparently it's not an issue of Apple milking the user base as much as it's a matter of them providing what the consumer wants.
        non-biased
    • RE: iPhone 5 bezel leak supports 4-inch display rumor

      @dheady@...

      "response' to larger screened Android phones or is it simply part of Apple's long term evolution of design"

      Yes the divine Apple has so bequeathed that they were to grow the screen larger and larger each year, so that the ipad and phone become one, such has been the plan since the newton.

      Come on, I enjoy a larger screen like the next person however I don't think this was part of the divine plan from the beginning, it is too coincidental. Too bad though, always liked the iPhone for the sleekness and ability to fit into my pocket. Larger does not necessarily mean better. It's a phone, not a tablet device.
      jp_reality
    • RE: iPhone 5 bezel leak supports 4-inch display rumor

      @dheady@... Or is it just a part from a cheap iphone knockoff designed to look like an apple part.
      cgarrett
    • RE: iPhone 5 bezel leak supports 4-inch display rumor

      @dheady@... well, Jobs has been repeatedly on record that there would be no larger iPhone or smaller iPad.. the current sizes are, by royal proclamation, perfect for everyone. Of course,/as with any other marketing statement, this is true until its not. Android users have a multitude of choices, and as long as Apple only does one actual iPhone model per year (memory choices don't count, everyone else just lets you add your own Flash card if you need more). But Apple also tends to keep an older model or two around with the new one. So an iPhone 5 with a larger screen definitely makes them more competitive (an issue that didn't matter to Apple before, but is becoming important). That, also, depending on other upgrades... they'd probably get some flack if the improvements are substantial, but only in the larger model.
      Hazydave
    • RE: iPhone 5 bezel leak supports 4-inch display rumor

      @dheady@...
      I hope you know that the phrase "Retina Display" is marketing gimmick and totally untrue?
      raggi
      • RE: iPhone 5 bezel leak supports 4-inch display rumor

        @raggi What do you mean untrue? It is only a naming convention like what your parents named you. How can you say a name is untrue. Are you saying it is not part of an eyeball? DUH I think most people know that. Is the name of Apple untrue because it is not a fruit? What are you saying here?
        Goldcds
  • RE: iPhone 5 bezel leak supports 4-inch display rumor

    Unless Apple has a larger display on the iPhone 5 then this is just pointless speculation. Would a larger display work? Yes. Is it a mandatory thing? No. I would wait till Apple gives official word on the new phone before speculating all sorts of fantasy rumors.
    Rick_K
    • Agreed....

      @Rick_K

      Pagan jim
      James Quinn
    • RE: iPhone 5 bezel leak supports 4-inch display rumor

      @Rick_K
      I totally agree with you on this.
      Ram U