Apple is rumored to equip its next-gen smartphone with a 4.6-inch screen and launch it in the second quarter of 2012.
The information comes from South Korean website Maeil Business Newspaper and is reported by Reuters.
According to an anonymous source with knowledge from Apple’s supply chain, the next iPhone will feature a bigger 4.6-inch retina display.
The high-definition retina display already powers Apple’s latest iPad which was launched earlier this month.
That means the iPhone 5 would exceed the size of the current iPhone 4S’s 3.5-inch screen, the same size used since the series was launched in 2007.
The source also reveals that Apple has already begun placing orders to its suppliers. Samsung and LG have supplied displays for Apple’s mobile devices such as the iPad and iPhone in the past but they declined to comment on the report.
Samsung, Apple’s major rival in terms of smartphones, already uses 4.6-inch OLED display for the Galaxy S II smartphone.
iPhone 5 rumours have suggested the handset will feature a quad-core ARM A6 processor, an improved camera, larger storage options and it is also rumore to support 4G LTE.