According to DigiTimes report, Apple will reportedly change the screen size of its next generation iPhone to 4-inches in order to compete with Google Android devices.
The component suppliers noted that the production lines for Apple’s next generation iPhone have begun testing, and Apple is interested in expanding the screen size to 4-inches to support the tablet PC market as the vendor only has a 9.7-inch iPad in the market.
As we may have noticed, smartphones that adopt the Google Android platform are mainly 4-inch and larger models, eg:
– Samsung Galaxy S and Google Nexus S adopt 4-inch panels
– Sharp adopts 5.5-inch for its smartphone
– Acer plans to launch a 4.8-inch smartphone
With Apple joining the 4-inch and larger market, 4- to 5.5-inch will become the major battlefield for smartphones and further change the industry dynamics for small- to medium-size panels.