Rumors are undeniably strong indicating that regardless of what the next iPhone is actually called or numerically sequenced it's going to have a slightly different form factor allowing for a taller 4" screen. It doesn't sound like much of an upgrade from the 3.5" screen of the existing iPhone, but in actual use the difference seems like it could be quite massive. If you're having trouble visualizing just how far that extra half inch will go, check out this video that our sister site MacRumors put together:

The bright side of these cloud of rumors (and subsequent rumor-motivated video creations) is that we won't have to wait much longer to find out what the next iPhone is going to be all about. Apple has a media event scheduled for September 12th where the new iPhone (and potentially even the rumored "iPad mini") will be unveiled and we can play the whole "which rumors were right and which rumors were wrong" game.

  • trazer

    4" is still way too small for a flagship phone.  I'm sure they will sell just fine, but not to me as I need 4.5 inches at a minimum.   I cannot type on a smaller screen to save my life, believe me I've tried.  Pretty funny results actually.

    Now the iPad mini on the other hand, that is calling my name already I think!

    Still not sure why they are opting for new screen resolution for developers to support, I would not think Apple would do this put apparently they are. Gotta be annoying, and how many of my older apps are going to support this correctly?

    • swarmster

      Most non-game apps use standard vertically scrolling fields as a main feature. Since the screen isn't any wider, these fields can easily expand to fill the new screen. Games and less-scroll-oriented apps will probably be letterboxed until they update.

      Supporting two fields of view may be a bit of a pain, but at least for most things it won't require new assets since the point size of the screen is the same. In 2-3 years everyone will be phasing out the old hardware anyway, and things will go back to a single size.

    • Adams Immersive

      Many iPhone apps have always supported variable screen height, because the OS used that for in-call banners (the red thing). Games are not as likely to do that, but they’ll just get keyholed slightly until they are updated, and those that are not will look and play as great as ever within the same old screen size we’re used to now.

      The alternative ways to make a bigger screen would be pretty poor: keep the same pixel size and make the pixels blockier and the whole device less pocketable and less one-hand-friendly. Or increase pixels in both directions, which almost no apps could deal with—it would be like iPhone vs. iPad.

      There’s no doubt that bigger is better in a phone.

      BUT....

      There’s also no doubt that smaller is better in a phone.

      Some people will prefer one over the other. I want small! I have an iPad for when I want to go big. (And soon, an iPad mini?)

    • http://www.facebook.com/ava.schmidt Ava Louise Schmidt

      You should just by a sega game gear, because clearly convenience means nothing to you.  I'm not going to walk around with a Murse to carry around my geriatric senile monster phone, I rather my it fit in my pocket.  4 inches is a 50/50 buy for me but 4.5 is just stupid. I feel like technology is going backwards....

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kevin-Donovan/660749692 Kevin Donovan

    I'm very dissapointed, I want an overall larger screen, not just taller. I want everything bigger, not just a wider field of view in lanscape mode, or blocks falling further down the screen in portrait. I'm waiting for the announcement but it's looking highly likely I'll be jumping ship this time.

    • trazer

       I agree, I wanted the same thing.  Difference with me is I've already jumped ship.  Windows Phone for personal use and Galaxy S3 for work use.  Now I'll be looking forward to what Nokia comes out with this time around.

      • http://twitter.com/VULTR3 Mike

        Man that sucks, having to use two different phones like that. Shows the limitations of the two phones you use.

      • http://RolePlayFTW.com Huy Ngo

        I use the 4S as my phone and Google Nexus 7 for my tablet.  Does that still show the limitations in my two products?

      • http://twitter.com/izzynobre izzynobre

        That is not a very good comparison, since a tablet isn't meant to replace the functions of a phone, or vice versa. They are not overlapping devices.

        Two phones, on the other hand...

      • trazer

        No limitations, the apps I need to use for work are only available for Android.  iOS is not even being considered at this time though it was looked at in the past. 

        As far as carrying a Windows Phone, it is my personal device I use for everything and what I personally prefer for a mobile OS.  The only real advantage for me is it keeps my work and personal phone separate so I can flight mode my work phone as needed lol.

        I use all the OSes often and like them all really, Android the least.  I can make and load custom ROMs and such and have no issues there, but overall I personally dislike android for some reason.  WebOS was cool, but I did just put android on my HP Touchpad so it is more useful with more app selection.  In the end it'd different strokes for different folks.  No need to bash someones choices, I'm not bashing the phone just saying as it sits now it's not for me, but it may be perfect for you.  I'm larger than average at 6' 3" and large framed, I personally like and use larger devices as they work well for me, but not everyone.

        EDIT - I had to try the Galaxy Note for work and found it the dumbest sized device ever, but I like the 4.5 to 4.8 inch devices just fine and will not even look at something below 4.3.

    • swarmster

      I worked out a little hack for those that want a bigger screen on their pocket devices: hold it closer to your face.

      A taller screen allows for new fields. A bigger screen just makes it harder to stick in your pocket.

      • trazer

        Unfortunately that does not help the typing in portrait mode at all.  Otherwise, yes you could hold it closer and benefit.   I like the ease of typing on a bigger keyboard, which will not really change with this phone other than landscape where it will help it appears.  I type 90% in portrait mode though.

  • ianlogsdon

    This is acceptable, while I would prefer not to see a size change, a slight increase in height wont anger me. Still, I don't see the point, 4" is unnecessarily large, I like 3.5 and want my phone to be as small as possible.

    • Adams Immersive

      I agree, but they’ve added some real estate and still made the phone smaller! It looks like the thickness will shrink by a greater % than the height increases (partly because they are shrinking the top/bottom margins). That means a smaller phone by volume—with a bigger screen!

      And big in the right way: one of the key advantages of iOS over anything else is the quality of the apps. Android apps, dealing with multiple screen sizes, just don’t often live up to what we’re used to. This way, the screen gets larger in one direction (great for viewing lists, great for videos, great for fitting more icons) yet developer support and backwards-compatibility remain pretty easy. And so does one-handed thumb use!

    • http://twitter.com/ZoeDreamer Zoe Castillo

      I'm with you. I'd rather have a thinner and lighter phone (With a better battery life while we're at it) over a larger screen.

      • ianlogsdon

        Also, im concerned Speck wont have a new wallet case out in time for me to stay wallet free when the new phone drops, which is annoying

      • http://twitter.com/VULTR3 Mike

        Wow, that's some 1st world problem you got there... Haha, you're breakin my heart

      • ianlogsdon

        Wow you've successfully added nothing to this conversation through this inane and stupid reply, you are awarded no points and may god have mercy on your soul.

      • Playpunk

        Wow looks like the inane and stupid reply is tallying to you side sir

  • dualshock

    And this is why offering a product to consumers is hard. Some posts above say they want something larger while others prefer it the same way or smaller. I think Apple played this a bit on the safe side increasing the size a bit to appeal to the "I want a bigger phone" consumer but also make it seem negligible to the "I want it to be the same way" consumer. They could have gone all out but risk alienating whatever consumer base that will not like the changes. 

    I think they were spot on that the iPad mini would solve the problem for the people that want larger devices like the Galaxy Note. 

    That said the only thing that this phone lacked is the innovation that is EXPECTED of Apple. 

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      I hate to break it to everyone, but if you have a strong opinion about screen sizes you're not Apple's target customer.

      • dualshock

        That is true but I think that with Apple tweaking with Job's "3.5 inch is the perfect screen size" thing indicates size matters for people now more than before and Apple is starting to test the waters.

      • ducksFANjason

        If it happens. These changes are still speculation for now.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Will-Buckingham/518019273 Will Buckingham

         That's actually the problem I have with this.  They didn't tweak with Jobs' design much at all.  They increased the size of the current phone's high by a few millimeters and put a larger screen in the space that was already there by rearranging the top speaker and home button.  That's not what people were asking for by a "larger phone".  Yes, it's a bigger screen, but not a larger phone with more surface area to touch for those who think portrait mode sucks right now for typing or feel like it's slightly too small for their hands.

        Someone above is right on the money, Apple took the super safe route and they're footing the app developers with the bill of working with now a third resolution on iPhone.  Make no mistake, this will be the new retina complaint in app comments if devs don't get that update out quickly enough (i.e. yesterday) to use the full vertical resolution.  Personally I was hoping they'd increase the actual size of the device to 4" diagonally and go 1024x768 on the resolution.  That way devs could have used non-retina iPad assets and with a few interface tweaks been good to go porting all their apps to the new phone.  I've got an iPhone 4 from launch, so it won't be too hard to sell me on the upgrade this time, but I'm a bit disappointed they played it so vanilla yet again on the outside design.  I was expecting something radical from the next major revision, not iPhone 4S + 5mm or so additional height.

      • http://twitter.com/izzynobre izzynobre

        And why exactly is that?

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        Millions upon millions of people worldwide are going to buy it because it's "the new iPhone." If you've talked yourself into thinking you need some massive 6" screen or whatever, well, the Galaxy Note is that way. If Apple has proven one thing in recent years, it's that they're all about the mass market which sadly doesn't include people who wear utility jorts to warehouse their "phablet."

    • bobcorrigan

      Innovation doesn't always mean radical departures from previous models, like we saw in the early days of the iMac.  I suspect next-generation innovations on the iPhone platform will relate to things like NFC, mapping, and FIRING FRIKKIN LASERS.

      • HelperMonkey

        Yeah, man. I've been waiting for those lasers ever since I downloaded the "Red Laser" app long ago. That was a heart-breaking disappointment.. I really wanted to blow some stuff up.

      • bobcorrigan

        Word.

  • http://twitter.com/Sanuku Sanuku

    My biggest concern is that I`m afraid of Apple again only increasing the CPU by 10% ~ 15% while at the same Time boosting the Resolution up to a Level in which the CPU won`t be able to handle Engines like the UDK and in the upcoming Year the Crytek Engine powered Games.

    The iPad 3 already showed clearly that the CPU is the bottleneck and I`m expecting Apple to adress this issue with each new iDevice so we can finally move forward and don`t have an iDevice with an High End Resolution that is powered by an crippled CPU.

    Note:

    I`m unsure if it wouldn't be better to rename the Video Title to something like "iPhone 4S vs. New iPhone (Rumors/Speculations/Facts)" The current Title of the Video seem kinda misleading or may get interpreted the wrong Way.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Will-Buckingham/518019273 Will Buckingham

      Apple is currently underclocking the ARM chips they use on the phone by at least 200MHz compared to the iPad version just to save battery life.  If they wanted to they could easily add a "turbo mode" to the API for game designers to push up the power use temporarily and match the iPad in performance.

  • http://www.facebook.com/iammane Matthew Nemeth

    Man as long as the guts are more powerful or similar I'm on board. Ready to upgrade from the 4, skipped 4S.

  • bobcorrigan

    That. . .was an extraordinarily well-made video.  

    And for the next iPhone, I don't want to be holding something close to the size of a Kindle next to my face.  I'll take tall and thin vs slabby rectangle any day.  Besides, phones are for calling.  Tablets are for everything else, whether they are smaller (Kindle Fire) or bigger (iPad).

  • Baron Cappuccino

    Abstractly, I like the idea of a bigger iPhone screen. My only concern is regarding game apps being updated to suit. Games are the primary function of my iPhone.

  • http://twitter.com/VULTR3 Mike

    Don't be too worried, look at how fast developers embraced retina screens. There wasn't much limbo time. They have a fire under them because people spend $$ on the apps tailor made for their new hot gadget.

  • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Inaba-kun

    A taller screen of use for landscape gaming and videos, but not much else. The iPhone desperately needs a screen bigger in all dimensions.

    Nice use of authentically cheesy lift music in the video though. It's just the type of bland rubbish Apple use in their promos.

  • http://twitter.com/VULTR3 Mike

    I hope the rumor is true. It's not too big of a change, not too small. Juuuuuuuust right.

  • http://twitter.com/bigE1669 Erik Young

    The screen needs to be a little wider too, but that probably won't happen. iLongphone, bleh.

  • ducksFANjason

    I'm hoping they add playstation 2 controller to the bottom!! *crosses fingers*

  • Playpunk

    Did anybody happen to notice that in the comparison video, the new phone looks like shit compared to the 4gs? I think that's pretty important here.

    • ducksFANjason

      Why is that important? It's a mock-up video. This isn't the real phone, nor is this even an announcement. This is all speculation...

      • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Inaba-kun

        I think we're beyond calling it speculation now. Pretty much every part of the iPhone 5 has been leaked. 

  • zergslayer69

    After owning an iPhone 4 for so long, I look forward to the note 2. Needs me some big screen! I still have my iPad for games so I have the best of both worlds covered. Would be a great surprise if screen size was 4.5.

  • Rusothil

    iOS developers must be freaking out now that they have 6 resolutions to account for. Universal apps will be hard to come by for now on..

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000018577803 Scrab Frag

      Yes I am.  So far Apple have been very kind to us developers.  With retina being double the pixel density it was easy to support.  But as soon as we start getting some different aspect ratios it gets more painful.   Multiple screen sizes is one thing that puts me off developing for Android.

    • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Inaba-kun

      6 resolutions? I count 4.  iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5, iPad 2/mini, iPad 3.  It's safe to cut off support for the 3GS now as it's a museum piece.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000018577803 Scrab Frag

        I have a few customers requesting appleTV air play and I guess that's another resolution?

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Will-Buckingham/518019273 Will Buckingham

        If you really think that's true you haven't read many of the app comments lately.  There are always people complaining about support for the older gen iPod Touch models.  I would suspect that there are still millions of people on 3GS or older hardware, particularly taking into account that the 3GS was Apple's "free" phone for the last year.  You'd be a fool as a developer to completely drop support right now for that resolution.