iPhone 5 display rumors: 3.5-inch vs. 4-inch vs. 4.6-inch vs. 5-inch

Antonio De Rosa

The iPhone has featured the same-size screen since 2007 and it’s hard to say if Apple is planning on making a change with its next device, especially since last year users were expecting a larger display.

An iPhone with a screen that is bigger than 4 or 5 inches could turn out to be a move that is too dramatic and that could create additional problems for developers who would have to reassess their graphics applications.

This week, Reuters quoted a source in South Korea suggesting that Cupertino would be interested in using a 4.6-inch display for the next iPhone and launching it in Q2 of 2012.

On the other hand, iMore has obtained information from a source within Apple claiming that the iPhone 5 will stick to its current 3.5-inch screen that the company uses on the iPhone 4S.

In addition, Japanese blog Macotakara reported that Apple is working on a new product that will sport a 5-inch Retina display and whose release date is planned for 2013.

The resolution of this LCD will be 1,600 x 960 pixel (800 x 480 by legacy majour) or 1,280 x 960 pixel (640 x 480).

Such a handset would create additional problems for developers since that resolution would force them to work on other screen dimensions for their apps that would have to fit the new display screen.

In January of this year, 9to5Mac cited reliable from Foxconn claiming that the iPhone 5 is almost ready to go into production. The insiders also said that the device will have a 4-inch screen, that it will be bigger than current models and that its thickness is the same.

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Apple rumored to be preparing 5-inch Retina display device for 2013

According to a Chinese source cited by Japanese site MacOtakara, Apple is hard at work on a new device carrying a screen of an intermediate 5-inch size.

The website reported on Wednesday that this product will have a screen resolution of either 1,600 pixels by 960 pixels, or 1,280 by 960 pixels.

The source didn’t clarify whether the handset would be closer to the iPhone or iPod touch than to that of the iPad or a different product family.

One thing is sure: this mystery device won’t be the iPhone 5 because its release is planned between June and the month of September 2012 and also because Apple’s next smartphone is rumored to have a 4-inch screen.

Recent rumors claim that Apple is developing a mini version of the iPad, offering a 7.85-inch display with the same 1024×768 non-Retina resolution of the first iPad and iPad 2.

iPhone 5 rumors: Texas Instruments working on iPhone 5 chip, launch date rumored for September

Texas Instruments, a supplier for Apple that provides particular components for the iPhone 4S and the new iPad, is rumored to have started production of a chip power management for the iPhone 5.

The rumor comes from RepairLabs who states that their source has “proven extremely reliable in the past.”

The website also cites Chinese sources saying that the iPhone 5 would be released in September, a month earlier than last year’s October release for the iPhone 4S.

In addition, the insiders claim that the handset will feature a larger screen that “will indeed be larger than the current 3.5 inch model,” and that the team at Texas Instruments dubbed the next iPhone, the “iPhone 5”.

Recent rumors claim that Apple is working on a 5-inch Retina Display device set for launch in 2013.

Why iPad mini rumors could become reality

Rumors of a mini version of the iPad have been making the rounds for some time now.

However, late Apple CEO Steve Jobs was known to be disapproving of such a screen size for the tablet, insisting that a 10-inch display would be the minimum necessary for a good user interface.

However, Faust analyzes the rumor of an iPad Mini and believes that if Apple released such a tablet, it would necessarily feature a 7.85 inch screen.

For starters, he estimates that the points per inch (PPI) of an imaginary 7.85″ 1024×768 display would be 163 PPI, which is exactly the same resolution as pre-retina iPhone and iPod touch displays.

Apple’s recommended minimum size for tappable user interface elements is at 44 x 44 points, which is available for the original iPhone and the original iPad.

With such a density, Faust claims that any iPad app that was based on these guidelines wouldn’t go under the recommended 44 x 44 point (0.27 x 0.27 inches) on a 7.85″ mini version of the iPad.

Steve Jobs was not a fan of the name Siri

The revelation was recently made by Dag Kittlaus, one of Siri’s co-founders, in a keynote speech given in Chicago on Tuesday, Network World reports.

Originally, the word “Siri” is Norwegian for “beautiful woman who leads you to victory,” Kittlaus explained.

“I worked with a lady named Siri in Norway and wanted to name my daughter Siri and the domain was available,” he said. “And also consumer companies need to focus on the fact that the name is easy to spell, easy to say.”

Initially the software was independent from Apple but available on iOS, on the iPhone App Store. The Cupertino company acquired Siri in April of 2010 for a rumored $200 million.

Kittlaus recounted how Jobs personally contacted him after Siri launched its iPhone app in 2010 to set up a meeting:

“Three weeks after we launched I got a call in the office from someone at Apple that said, ‘Scott Forstall wants to talk to you and he’s the head software guy.’

And I said sure…

Only it wasn’t Scott that called it was Steve. And Steve never announces where he’s gonna be and what he’s gonna do because there’s too much commotion around it. So he said, “Dag, this is Steve Jobs.”

And he wanted me to come over to his house the next day, and I did, and I spent 3 hours with him in front of his fireplace having this surreal conversation about the future.

And, you know, he talked about why Apple was going to win, and we talked about how Siri was doing. And he was very excited about the fact that.. you know, he was very interested in this area in general but, you know, they’re patient, they don’t jump on anything until they feel they can go after something new and he felt that we cracked it. So that was his attraction.

I ended up very lucky, timing wise. I got to work with him for a year before he got real sick. And he’s pretty incredible. The stories are true. All of the stories.”

Kittlaus also revealed that Jobs was not really a fan of the name “Siri” but Kittlaus kept insisting that it was a good name.

Although he remained skeptical, Jobs couldn’t find a name he liked better, so he stuck with Siri in the end.

iPhone 5 Top 5 Release Date Rumors

Opinions are varied and rumors won’t cease until then. Here are 5 rumors about the launch of the next iPhone. When do you think we’ll get to see the much-awaited iPhone – summer or fall?

1. Citing a source within Apple, iMore has recently reported that the next iPhone will have the same 3.5 inch screen that we’re already used to. The site wrote that the iPhone 5 will work on LTE networks, that it will have a smaller USB connector and will likely be launched in the fall.

2. Reuters cited a source in South Korea that claimed the device will be available in Q2 of 2012. The same insider said that Apple is planning on launching an iPhone with a 4.6 inch screen. The current iPhone features a 3.5 inch display and shifting to 4.6 inches would be a significant change.

3. Japanese blog Macotakara, which previously provided valid information about other Apple products, reported that the iPhone 5 will be released in September / October of this year.

4. Last year’s Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) was held before June 10 but this year the company planned the event for 11 – 15 June. Analysts speculate that the iPhone 5 is likely to be launched during that interval, reports Digitimes.

5. Ibtimes wrote that the new iPhone will arrive on the market sooner than expected, that is before October. The reason for which Apple would hasten the release would be the drop in sales for the iPhone 4S, a device that looks just like the iPhone 4 and that is likely to lose its attractiveness a year after its release.

What release date do you find the most likely for the iPhone 5?

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Xbox Lite to be launched before Xbox 720

In a discussion on the site Reddit about Microsoft’s future projects, MS Nerd (an insider cited for previous leaks) suggested some future plans for the Xbox branch.

The device would be a superior version of the Xbox 360 and have a rather affordable price, of around $ 100.

To reduce costs, the manufacturer would include an ARM processor (widely used in mobile devices).

The device will be devoted to arcade type games and multimedia services such as streaming music and videos, since it will be intended as a Kinect-enabled media hub.

Meanwhile, Microsoft is rumored to work on a successor to the console, a hypothetical Xbox 720, which would finally arrive in 2015.

Fergie slams X Factor rumors

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Fergie told Access Hollywood that despite “talks” about her joining the show, she isn’t interested for now.

“I know there were talks last season and this season,” she said. “But it’s just not – Simon said before, timing is everything and it’s not the right time for me.”

“I mean, I love Simon and I love the show. It’s just that last year, nor this year, do I have the time to commit to that sort of commitment because I would be somebody who would really throw myself into it, as I do with all my projects … It’s just not fair to the contestants and their careers — that’s their career — to not be full in,” she explained.

Fergie revealed that she plans on focusing more on her home life.

“I’m starting to decorate my house and look at art and do those things,” she said. “It’s a little more girlie right now for me. Creative energy is always going to be there because that’s just in my blood, that’s just who I am — but it’s just channeled differently.”

Since the end of the show’s first season, Cowell has given up host Steve Jones and judges Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul.

Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey and Britney Spears have since been rumored as possible replacements.

Nokia Lumia 900 to be launched by AT&T April 8 for $99

AT&T has confirmed the release to CNet who announced that pre-orders start March 30 on the AT&T website.

According to rumors, Nokia’s flagship smartphone will benefit from a massive marketing and advertising campaign, being one of the most affordable products AT&T has ever sold.

Besides matte black and cyan blue, a white version will be available, in this case on April 22.

The handset will be powered by Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) and will feature a 4.3-inch AMOLED Clear Black display, an 8-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and a 1-megapixel front-facing camera.

Other specs include a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 16 GB of storage and a huge 1830 mAh battery.

Along with the Lumia 900, AT&T also announced that it will launch HTC Titan II, also a Windows Phone, on April 8.

It will cost $200 with a contract, has a 4.7-inch screen and a 16-megapixel camera. The Titan II and the Lumia 900 are the first LTE Windows Phones.

Lexus GS-F production could become a reality soon

Rumors of a Lexus GS-F that would rival the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG are rife again.

In a recent interview with Autocar, Lexus product planning chief Karl Schlicht said that the LF-LC’s chances of entering production are 50/50.

“A decision has not been taken,” he said. “But we’re now up to a 50 per cent chance from a zero per cent one. Every top Toyota Motor Company manager is aware of the great reception it has received and now we’re talking about how we can do it and fit it into the product plan.”

The GS-F is expected to get a 450-hp 4.6 liter V10, a downsized version of the V10 engine that powers the LFA supercar.

“With a GS-F, we would have a solid pyramid structure of performance models,” Schlicht said.

He also revealed that the new GS will inspire the new IS.

“The new GS leads to the new IS,” he said. “We need a new one.”