Contrary to the recent larger-screen iPhone rumors, iMore today says Apple is scheduled to release a 3.5-inch LTE iPhone in October of this year.

  • Similar—if not same-size—screen (currently 3.5-inch, but not set in stone).
  • 4G LTE radio
  • New “micro dock” connector
  • Fall/October 2012 release

The timing of Apple’s new iPhone is also under question with iLounge, and then our sources put the release closer to summer. The new docking connector, or “new way to charge the iPhone,” was first reported by the Wall Street Journal and has since been reiterated in various ways. A micro-dock could manifest itself into something like a standard Micro-USB port. With the direction of technology heading to Wireless and iCloud more and more, going to the standard Micro-USB may make a lot of sense.

LTE is already a forgone conclusion at this point, but it will be interesting to see if Apple pursues the smaller, next-gen chips put out by Qualcomm or the current generation of chips that the new iPad enjoys.

9to5Mac readers seem to be in favor [see poll numbers below] of a bigger iPhone screen; although, making it much larger without increasing the amount of pixels would seemingly veer from Apple’s “Retina display” trend. Meanwhile, only 15 percent favor the current iPhone display size or shrinking it further.

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