A week after the latest Apple iPad hit store shelves, the buzz is turning to new features that might show up on the next iPhone.
The iPhone 4S’ successor, expected in the second quarter, will have a larger and sharper screen, according to Reuters, citing South Korean media reports.
South Korea’s Maeil Business Newspaper reported the high-definition 4.6-inch Retina display will have several times as many pixels as the existing 4S display. Apple rolled out its newest iPad with the sharper screen.
If the rumor is true, it would put the iPhone on par with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus from a size perspective, which boasts a sprawling 4.65-inch screen. In comparison, every version of the iPhone to date has had a 3.5-inch display.
Maeil, without disclosing its source, said Apple has already started placing orders for the bigger screens. LG Display and Samsung Electronics Co., Apple’s major display suppliers, declined to comment. And Apple, which began selling the 4S last October, isn’t talking, either.
A new iPhone screen may be just the beginning, according to PC’s website:
Meanwhile, Apple is also reportedly exploring other screen sizes for its tablets and laptops. An unnamed Samsung official reportedly told The Korea Times recently that Apple is planning to launch a smaller iPad with a 7.85-inch screen by the end of the year. Current iPads have 9.7-inch screens.