Apple tests iPhone 5 with 3.99-inch display

Apple's iPhone 5 might yet be some way off the shelves, but the company is well into the testing phase, with multiple models being giving the once over at Apple HQ.

According to 9to5 Mac, these prototype phones are being passed around Apple HQ in thick, locked shells in order to disguise the exterior design – which seems to be standard Apple practice. Remember when one got left in a bar a couple of years back?

Anyway, no sign of any iPhones being left unguarded this time, but details have leaked out about the new screen on two prototype models, listed as iPhone 5,1 and iPhone 5,2, one of which is likely to make it to the final stage of development.

Both are said to sport a new, larger display that is 3.999 inches diagonally, with a new resolution of 640x1136 pixels. Apparently, the screen will be 1.9632 inches wide, but will grow to 3.484 inches tall. Overall, that also means a 16:9 screen ratio, so that 16:9 videos can play full screen at their native aspect ratio.

Apple is said to be producing a custom build of iOS 6 to fit the new screen, including a tweaked home screen with a fifth row of icons and extended application user interfaces that offer views of more content.

Also mentioned is the continuing use of a Home button, along with the previously-rumoured smaller dock connector, bot nothing concrete on the inner workings.

Expect details of that to creep out over the coming weeks. Although there's still some time to wait to see the finished article if the autumn launch holds true.

Source: 9to5 Mac

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