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Apple Thinking Bigger With iPhone 5, Says Source

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Sure, you're happy with your new iPhone 4S (AAPL). Fast, sleek, loaded with spiffy features. But do you find yourself squinting at the 3.5-inch display, trying to decipher the tiny font or calculate the perfect angle to launch an Angry Bird? Do you wish you had a larger screen like your Android (GOOG) brethren who boast four-inch screens or higher on HTC, Samsung, and Motorola (MMI) devices? Even Windows Phone (MSFT) has surpassed the four-inch mark with BlackBerry (RIMM) also flirting with the idea.

Well, the rumor mill has churned out another source who claims you'll get your wish with the next iPhone.

Roughly two months since the last one, another insider says Apple is not only ready for production, but it'll also be rocking a display that's at least four inches. Speaking with a "reliable source" from Foxconn, 9to5Mac's Seth Weintraub reports that the next device is currently being called "iPhone 5" and "various sample devices are also floating around" -- though the designs are varied, so there's still no telling which will be the chosen version.

However, Weintraub says each design shares specific features:
  • 4+ inch display (made by LG on at least one of them).
  • No teardrop-shaped devices, as rumored in the lead up to the iPhone 4S. Samples so far have been symmetrical in thickness (also longer/wider).
  • Neither of the sample devices have the iPhone 4/4S form factor.
  • Neither of the devices are the final versions.
Given the production-to-release timelines from the past, 9to5Mac estimates that the five-month lead time would place the release close to the summer for this year's WWDC. If true, Apple will have abandoned the fall iPhone release schedule it adopted last year for the iPhone 4S and return to its usual summer unveiling.

While the larger screen coincides with insider gossip from the past, Daring Fireball's John Gruber sees the entire rumor as hokum. "Too soon," Gruber writes and denies that the iPhone 5 is even close to production.

"Longer and wider? Sounds like bull****. I can see Apple putting a bigger display on a device of the same size. I can't see them making a bigger device," he says.

As always, for those on a low sodium diet, you might just as well want to avoid such speculation as it tends to come with a heaping tablespoon of salt.

(See also: iPhone Jailbreaking Could Become Illegal in 2012 and iPhone Can't Match Android's Versatility, Says Steve Wozniak)

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