Rumour: iPhone 5 to use bigger 4 inch screen, iPad 4 to be entirely different?

With the next iPad set to be announced early in 2012 and disappointment over the iPhone 4S not being the iPhone 5, we’re now seeing rumours popping up.

First up is the iPhone 5… or is it the iPhone 5?

That’s the question that’s getting attention across the web, with Hitachi and Sony reportedly working together to make 4-inch LCDs for a new iOS device slated to hit next year.

While Apple is of course being tight-lipped about everything, it’s possible that these are for a new iPhone model with a larger screen, something that customers are asking for and are seeing in high-end phones from competing manufacturers including HTC, Samsung, Sony, Motorola, and LG.

Meanwhile, we’re also seeing a rumour about the iPad 4, which will apparently be built in a different way.

We’ve heard the iPad 3 – set to be announced in early 2012 – will feature a higher resolution Retina-grade LCD screen, making text and images more legible on the touchscreen computer. The follow-up to this model – the iPad 4 – could be so different, that it requires a completely different design. Perhaps this means a screen on both the front and back, or even a translucent iPad – similar to the transparent TVs Loewe is working on.

All of this is speculation, however, and could easily be wrong, so we want to know: what do you want in a tablet?

If the technology wasn’t limited, what would you expect to find in a touchscreen computer two years from now?

 

  1. Sounds like a great rumour but it feels like Apple seems to think it’s hit a sweetspot with the screen size on existing and previous iphone devices. 

    I don’t see them throwing in another screen size, it would alienate many users of existing apps in addition to causing too much of a headache for devs pushing out updates for existing apps and new apps with compatability for “legacy” devices..

  2. I am having problem with Facebook in iPad2. Every time I click on notifications for a photo, the comment will show up but the Facebook will shutdown and go back to Facebook icon. Is this a common problem? Is there a solution for this? tony

    1. While it’s not technically our area, we have seen a few issues with the Facebook app. 

      Here’s what I’d do:
      First restart the iPad and see if that clears it up. to do this, simply hold the power down, swipe to turn it off, and wait till it shuts down. Then push the power button back on and see if it works.

      If it doesn’t, try uninstalling the Facebook app and reinstalling it. 

      It sounds like a glitch, and restarts or app reinstalls are pretty much the only way to clear them up.

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