We exclusively reported this morning that the next-generation iPhone is currently tapped to measure 3.999-inches, and Apple is testing it internally. Furthermore, we also said it features an 1,136-by-640 resolution. Adding a bit of fuel to the 16:9 fire, MacRumors and BadGizmo Repair posted the front panel for the next iPod touch this morning, along with the camera sensor for the next iPhone. Interestingly, according to MacRumors’ leak, the front panel for the iPod measures 4.1-inches diagonally (as shown above).
MacRumors and BadGizmo Repair also posted the alleged camera sensor for the next-generation iPhone. As you can see, there are not many differences from past generations of the camera included in the iPhone, except for the lack of an LED flash sensor. Leaked parts from suppliers are nothing new ahead of a new iOS device launch. Already we have seen leaks for the alleged home button and micro-SIM tray. Here is a close up of the camera:
Although there appears to be some discrepancy in the diagonal measure of the iPhone (we simply added the extra pixels, assumed the same 326ppi, and then applied some Pythagorus), it is clear that these seem to point to a 4-inch display. Other publications agreed:
Last week, The Wall Street Journal, and later backed up by Reuters, said that the next iPhone will be “at least 4-inches.” The report also mentioned that production for the new iPhone is set to begin in June. LG Display, Sharp Corp, Japan Display, and Sony are tapped to develop the display, with rumors of a fall release.
Earlier this month, Rene Ritchie of iMore reported that the folks in Cupertino capped the next iPhone’s screen at 4-inches, rather than going any bigger. Ritchie also added that Apple is currently developing a smaller dock connector, as we mentioned in our exclusive report this morning. Lastly, Ritchie said the next iPhone would launch in October with LTE in the plans. It will also keep the home button and will feature no-metal backing. iLounge editor Jeremy Horwitz had similar thoughts around the same time.
Of course, production of the iPhone is said to have slowed down, because production of the sixth-generation iPhone is ready to begin ramping up. Last week, analyst Shawn Wu said in a research note that the slow down is as much as 20 percent to 25 percent on a quarter-over-quarter basis. Another analyst also said yesterday that shipments of the iPhone would slow down during the June quarter at only 28 million to 30 million units. Apple topped 37.04 million units shipped in Q1, while 35.1 million units shipped in Q2.
As we told you this morning, we have a lot more to come. Stay tuned.
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