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iPhone 5 will grow 8mm in length to accommodate a new 4in screen, according to rumours on iLounge that conjure the shape of the next Jesus mobe out of the mists of speculation. According to the site's sources, the iPhone 5 is likely to have the same flat edges as the 4, which means that we won't get the teardrop-style tapered …

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Anonymous Coward

We've been hearing the bigger screen iPhone rumours for ages now, give it a rest.

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Who cares now what Jobs wished?

He's 'Brown Bread', and Worms' meat.

If you try to interview him today, you'll find him a grave man.

Now, let's get on with a product the 'people' actually WANT!

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Anonymous Coward

Did the Apple board bump him off?

"Over my dead body!!"

"As you wish, sir."

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Are you implying Apple listens to its costumers?

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Apple does listen! It even nods from time to time and takes notes, before presenting you with a Professional Listening invoice, plus 30% tip.

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Happy

Apple Costumers?

"I don't like that hat! It has rounded corners!"

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Are you implying Apple listens to its costumers?

When it suits them, though sometimes the gloves come off and they get a dressing-down.

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Love Jobs

Think he was a great guy, and im like my 'I' devices very much. but in this world, we need to move on, and like it or not he aint here any more, and the company deserves the right to take things is new bold directions if it wants to. (ok a different screen size is not that bold, but you get what i mean).

so i say go apple, and become something more. jobs was great at being jobs, but move onwards and upwards.

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But but...

Jobs said anything other that the iSomething was just too big? What will the bois do if this is true? *sigh* - I know, I know... it'll be the old "It's what he would have wanted". Or maybe a few leaked stories that he mentioned it just before he died. That'll do the trick. Any excuse to make the $$$ coming in from the imprisoned disciples. Their credit cards are poised and their position is already assumed.

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What about the 7" ipad ?

that i'm waiting for

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Four whole inches eh?

Since Samsung is already punting out phones with 4.7 inches thats still a bit on the wee side.

Still I suppose by now measuring screens in inches, has been patented by the fruity one.

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Since when did carrying around a big dorkslab of a phone become cool?

I had a Nokia communicator years ago and was always getting people say how it was too big. Yet it would fit into a trouser pocket, which is more than can be said of some of these big Android phones.

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Paris Hilton

...or are you just pleased to see me?

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Technology

Samsung is able to make a screen that's 4.7 inches diagonal? That's incredible! It will take a miracle for Apple to catch up to that kind of futuristic amazing space-age technology.

I hope I live to see the day when mankind is able to create a 30 inch phone... one can dream...

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"I hope I live to see the day when mankind is able to create a 30 inch phone... one can dream..."

I hope I'll be alive to see you try and stick that in your pocket :-)

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They could always make it foldable. That would be cute.

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Next generation of phones...

...will have a projector built in.

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@AC

They tried, it didn't sell very well.

http://www.schroederschoembs.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2007/06/apple-store-iphone-display.jpg

http://www.blogcadre.com/files/images/apple_0.jpg

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Haven't you played Leisure Suit Larry?

Mines the one with the inflatable doll

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Japan

Big Dorkslabs are very popular in Japan. Mainly because everyone (and I mean EVERYONE) has handbags

Hell in a country where you have a tiny phone with 2Kgs worth of fluffy toy keyrings hanging off em wont mind a slightly larger keyri...phone.

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Anonymous Coward

It needs to be that big to contain the ego and smugness quotient of the Apple fanboi using it!

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Yawn

I predict that the next iPhone will make me a bacon sandwich before pleasuring me into a comatose mess with its interactive, holographic fleshlight.

Legit rumour! Can i have an article please?

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All makes sense but I wonder if they will manage to reduce the price of the iPhone this time...somehow I doubt it.

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Backwards Compatibilty

"iPhone 5 will grow 8mm in length to accommodate a new 4in screen,"

Yet another sign of Apple's genius, making those millimetres backwardly compatible with antiquated inches! But that still doesn't tell us how many cubits it will be in overall length, or how many shekels it will weigh.

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But they don't dare say how man strokes it takes to make the iPhone 4S grow that 8mm to become the 5?

Magic fingers oooer...

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"Yet another sign of Apple's genius, making those millimetres backwardly compatible with antiquated inches! But that still doesn't tell us how many cubits it will be in overall length, or how many shekels it will weigh."

One thing is for sure, the buyers don't have stones to worry about it.

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4 in screen ?

It should be 0.7257 lg (EU standard Florentine linguine unboiled at sea level)

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Hmm. Stories based on second hand rumours posted on another web site? You disappoint me Vulturettes.

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Perpetual motion?

If only they could harness the power of Jobs turning in his grave....

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£50 says it is bullcrap.

Any takers?

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I don't thnk it's bullcrap.

Apple probably has 30% to 50% of its cllentele clamoring for bigger screens either because they feel dimished in power dwarfed by Samsung's and HTC's bigger screens (despite Retina), and maybe because some people are just damned tired of paying for sexy-n-small at the expense of their largeish fingers striking keys they don't want to type. I've got an HTC (Android phone, of course), and my fingers regularly bump keys I don't want to touch when I'm fast-typing. Granted, Apple's algorythms and touch response may have more finesse that in most of the HTC phones, but, I am suspecting some competition-mindedness in the mix.

Really, how much can it hurt Apple to cater to a percentile/index with a wee-bit larger phone? If it costs apple 40 to 200 extra cents to enlarge the phone, the loyal upgraders will probably pay an extra $15 to get it if Apple offers two sizes. Apple probably just doesn't want to live with two sizes of stock and being wrong about whihc one will sell better than the other and whether both will outsell their forecasts of each model.

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End to tyranny

Glad to hear they are distancing themselves from the old helmsman. Maybe now they can start to do something with their giant pile of cash instead of saving it as extra hit points in the patent slugfest.

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SURE it is!

Because NOTHING is more reliable than early, unsubstantiated Apple rumors.

"And its gonna have a folding keyboard too! Really!"

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Anonymous Coward

already?

Really?

The 4S has been out all of 5 mins, and people are already speculating on what /will/ be in the next one.

remember how foolish everyone looked when all the 'promised' features were missing from the 4S, wont be the last time, and you can count on that.

Also, personally, i don't think it will be the iPhone5, not sure what i think it will be though, but if you look at it, the 4S, _IS_ the 5th iPhone. If they call the next one the 5, it is basically saying the 4S, wasn't a new phone but and upgrade to the 4, but if that was the case, then the 3GS (3rd iphone) was also not a phone in it's own right, which makes the iPhone4 (4th iPhone) not actually the 4th phone, but the 3rd. If you follow my logic.

iPhone - 1st

iPhone 3g - 2nd

iPhone 3gs - 3rd (2.5?)

iPhone 4 - 4th (3rd)

iPhone 4s - 5th (3.5)

Maybe the next one will be the iPhone 4g, or iPhone LTE.

Who knows?

At this point, probably no one.....

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Anonymous Coward

You forgot the seemingly endless pool of suckers

who seem to think that having one in white or pink etc Also makes it an entirely new phone.

Oohh a 3GS in white ....droool.

Fanbois....dontcha just find them as funny as all heck!

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Really, rumours front page on El Reg?

Come on guys unless it is solid I don't care.

I really don't understand why people get so excited chatting about what might be/might not be on the next phone.

Its really not that exciting, well for me but maybe because I deal in fact that makes me boring.

Same for analysts who are just making up rumours to drive people to the blog.

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Hey, everyone has to have something to do I suppose!

All the time this lot are at home wetting themselves over an extra centimetre of space on a mobile phone screen, that means more "resources" like open space are available for the rest of us to get on with "real" hobbies and pastimes!

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True. The article also claims:

"The extra fraction of a millimetre is needed to accommodate the electronics behind the ultra high resolution display promised for the next tablet."

The next iPad is highly likely to be hi-res but we all know Apple have never made such a promise. They never reveal or make promises about features. Sloppy reporting.

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People won't care about Jobs' worry...

Basically there was a study a while back that said people will always take the larger screen, even if it means less DPI. Screen size counts more than resolution in the eyes of the general public.

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Anonymous Coward

Will always take a larger screen?

Bigger iPhone? Got one, its called the iPad. Ones for my pocket, the others for my bag. I ain't going to start shoving a 6" screened phone in my pocket so this whole bigger screen race is pointless and stupid. IF they can put in a same size unit then fine but I don't want a bigger overall case size thanks all the same.

Mind you, dunno why I'm worrying, its more than likely complete nonsense. After the rumours around the last iPhone I'm surprised they're even bothering trying to guess on the next one.

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And thus it starts.

I wonder how many other: "This is a great idea, shame Steve said no." projects are lurking in Apple and soon to be trotted out?

Maybe Apple need to work out what we already know: Say what you like about him, he had an uncanny knack of being *right*.....

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Heard a few already...

...something about his own phone network and another which I can't remember.

They'll be loads and don't forget they will have all been massive successes, oh yes, massive.

To be fair the man did impress me and he was an individual BUT there are limits to everything. To be fair to Apple they haven't said much recently its just fanbois and people with stuff to flog and write that have been doing all this talking.

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Anonymous Coward

Apple have it all canned

We can think for ourselves.

We can think for ourselves.

We can think for ourselves...................

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the iphone doesnt have to be physically bigger to support a 4" screen, it only needs the earpiece/sensor and home button to be moved.

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Anonymous Coward

Wouldn't that change the display ratio? Or is that not important in your world?

Geez basic geometry at work here.

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Wtf

Is this obsession with screen size? Is it a nerd thing?

Until the current gen of smartphones can give me the same battery life as my iPad in the current iphone form factor I'm not interested in a bigger screen. Especially since LTE is waiting in the wings which will suck power like Paris sucks other things.

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Anonymous Coward

It's ok - Jobs is dead.

He won't mind about the screen size now.

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Surely.....

Someone has the patent on a phone with a 4 inch screen.... Such a radical idea after all.....

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Bah!

OMFG! Sell all my Apple stock soonest!

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Obviously bogus

For shame, Reg. Even the back of the original iPhone wasn't entirely metal since the radio signals have to get out somehow. The next time you want to write about a unibody iPhone please make it an article belittling the idiots who create these rumors.

Also, thicker electronics necessary to run a higher resolution screen? When has that EVER been the case? Argh, I'm getting a headache from the stupidity...

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