New iPhone 5 dates & 4-inch rumors all-but confirmed

The new iPhone 5 dates are basically now known. And the rumors of a larger, 4-inch screen are all-but confirmed. Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), of course, ain't sayin' nuffin'. In IT Blogwatch, when no less of an organ than the WSJ says it, bloggers sit up and listen.

[Updated: Apple's WIPO win appears to indicate that the new iPhone will be called 'iPhone 5']

By Richi Jennings: Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. Not to mention: Shrimp!..

    Lorraine Luk and Juro Osawa have their ears to the ground:

The new screens measure at least 4 inches diagonally. ... Apple declined to comment. ... The iPhone has had a 3.5-inch screen since...its debut 2007.


But the market has evolved rapidly...with many brands in various sizes and prices. ... Samsung shipped 44.5 million smartphones to grab the first quarter, topping Apple's 24.1%.   

     Reiji Murai triangulates and all-but confirms:

The new iPhone screens will measure 4 inches from corner to corner. ... Early production of the new screens has begun at...Korea's LG Display Co Ltd, Sharp Corp and Japan Display Inc. ... That would allow the new iPhone to go into production as soon as August.


The share of the production of new screens that go to each of the three manufacturers working with Apple has not been determined.   

So Jonny Evans rallies the faithful:

Coming as it does from a respected source these claims will ignite expectation. ... Given the need to stockpile millions of these displays...commencing display production marries well with claims of a September launch.


A related report yesterday claimed Apple to have booked huge memory chip orders with Japanese firm, Elpida. ... With Samsung emerging as Apple's biggest...opponent in the smartphone space, it's no surprise Apple's chosen to abandon [it]...when it comes to display and memory production.


Apple appears to have...ensured its next iPhone...[is] guaranteed to give its competitors a black eye.   

And Adrian Kingsley-Hughes talks dimensionality:

There are two ways that Apple could increase the size of the screen while maintaining a high pixel density count. ... Doubling the screen resolution to 1920×1280 would be the one option. ... But it’s highly unlikely that Apple could pull this sort of density off for the next incarnation of the iPhone.


Another option is that Apple could change the screen aspect ratio...increasing this to 16:9...could allow for a 4-inch screen to maintain pixel density...while also allowing the screen to fit into a handset no bigger than the current iPhone.   

But Lynn Walford just rolls her eyes (her eyes her eyes):

Here we go with iPhone 5 conjecturatti, again. ... ll that we can know for sure about the iPhone 5 is that it will sell like iPhones.


Last year's...rumors were about 50% accurate, however, we didn't get the...full specs until it was officially announced. ... [This time] Apple may use the iPhone 5 name because it is suing the owner of   

Update: Gregg Keizer implies that Apple will indeed call it "iPhone 5":

Apple has apparently won control of the domain. ... Previously, Apple had filed a claim on with...WIPO.


WIPO records now show that the complaint has been "terminated," indicating that the...parties have settled their dispute. ... [now] results in a blank page.


[The] domain move might have been prompted by the constant use of the "iPhone 5" label by bloggers. ... Apple has gone to WIPO numerous times. ... Last November, for instance, the company filed a acquire and seven other[s]...with the "iphone" name.

    And Finally...
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