Apple ordering larger iPhone 5 screens

We heard a rumour that the new iPhone would be longer and thinner, but now it looks like that's been pretty much confirmed, with Apple placing orders for larger screens.

That's according to the Wall Street Journal, which cites 'people familiar with the matter'. It claims Apple has ordered bigger screens from its Asian suppliers, which measure at least four inches diagonally, compared with 3.5 inches on Apple's latest model, the iPhone 4S, pictured here. That fits in well with recent rumours, as the design of the new iPhone finally starts to take shape.

It seems like Apple is starting to feel the competition when it comes to screen size. With the Samsung Galaxy S III packing a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED screen, the gauntlet has well and truly been thrown down.

Production is set to begin next month, with a separate report now pitching the launch of the iPhone 5 firmly in autumn. Analyst Shaw Wu claims Apple has reduced the number of iPhone orders by 20%-25% for the next quarter. He says that is 'due to the upcoming sixth generation iPhone refresh likely in the September-October timeframe'.

So no chance of a new iPhone at next month's WWDC event, But at least you'll have a bit more time to save up for the new model.

Source: WSJ and BGR

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