(June 6, 2012)
-- Apple's next iPhone will likely have a larger screen and a
front-facing High-Definition camera, says KGI analyst Mingchi
Kuo, as reported by CNET.com.
CNET writes that the analyst appears to be basing his report on
"Apple supply chain sources." His report, which was first cited
by AppleInsider, says the iPhone 5 will feature a 4.08-inch
screen, a resolution of 1,136 x 640 pixels and an aspect ratio
AppleInsider added that it's likely the phone, which is expected
to be launched in September or October, will also include
the front-facing HD camera.
If the report is true, the combination of a front-facing HD
camera, 16:9 aspect ratio and 4-inch screen could give rise to a
new wave of amateur HD videos. It's also possible that the
larger screen would boost mobile viewing of streaming
videos from services such as Netflix, but at 4 inches, many may
feel the screen is still too small.
LG this month announced that it's developed a 5-inch, 1080p
screen designed for smart phones. The 5-inch screen is expected
to show up in non-Apple smart phones later this year.
CNET writes that Apple rejected plans for a screen larger than
4.3 inches because it would require more battery capacity and
could be difficult to maneuver with one hand.
Kuo says in his report that the iPhone 5 could generate 65
million to 70 million unit sales this year.