Report Claims Next iPhone With 4-Inch Screen is Ready For Production; Ahead of Summer Launch

iPhone with a 4-inch screen?

Disclaimer: If you hate rumors especially after the iPhone 5 / iPhone 4S saga (don’t blame you) then we would strongly recommend you to skip this post as it may sound very familiar. But if you’re like us who like the build up before the launch of an Apple product even if it means months before the next iPhone launch then read further (btw, we do have our limits as well when it comes to rumors). 

9 to 5 Mac reports that according to their reliable source in Foxconn – Apple’s manufacturing partner the next iPhone is ready for production, which could mean that Apple could launch iPhone 5 / iPhone 6 as early as summer instead of the October release like iPhone 4S.

9 to 5 Mac’s Seth Weintraub also claims that according to their source, Apple’s next iPhone will come with a 4-inch display, won’t have iPhone 4S/iPhone 4 form factor but also won’t feature a teardrop design.

  • 4+ inch display (made by LG on at least one of them)
  • No teardrop-shaped devices as were rumored in the lead up to the iPhone 4S. Samples so far have been symmetrical in thickness. Also longer/wider.
  • None of the sample devices have the iPhone 4/4S form factor
  • None of the devices are final versions

As we’ve said earlier, if screen sizes are indeed increased, Apple would most probably keep the display resolution intact, to avoid fragmentation. But that would reduce the device’s pixel density to nearly 290 ppi, which means the device’s screen would lose its “Retina” tag.

Weintraub goes on to add:

If we follow patterns and give a five month-ish lead time, it would appear that Apple is back on its new iPhone launch for Summer/WWDC pattern that it maintained until last year.

9 to 5 Mac reports that their source is the same guy who told them that Apple won’t launch a redesigned iPhone last year.

What do you think about the possibility of a 4-inch iPhone? Let us know in the comments.