Apple will be increasing the screen size of its flagship iPhone handset to four inches for the product’s next generation, according to a report in Digitimes. The report comes amidst rumors that the company is preparing a second iPhone model whose screen size is smaller and lower resolution than the current
3.7-inch 3.5-inch Retina Display, suggesting that Cupertino is looking to move both downmarket while at the same time competing with the current crop of 4.3-inch (and soon to be 4.5-inch) Android phones. At the time it was released in 2007, the iPhone’s screen size was considered both large and fairly high-resolution; flash forward to 2011, when anything under four inches diagonal is regarded as mid-range.
The next iPhone, presumably called iPhone 5, should debut sometime in early summer, if Apple abides by previous release schedules.