iPhone 5 Rumors: 3.99-inch Display, 640×1136 Resolution, 16:9 Aspect Ratio

Two versions of new iPhones are reportedly currently in testing over at Apple – codenamed N41AP (or 5,1) and N42AP (5,2).

The next-generation iPhone - supposedly packing a 4-inch screen, up from 3.5 inches - is expected to sport a resolution of 640x1136 and a 16:9 aspect ratio, according to website 9to5Mac. Photo: Teufelabgott/Flickr

New rumors suggest that the next-generation iPhone – supposedly packing a 4-inch screen – is now expected to sport a resolution of 640×1136, reports 9to5Mac. In fact, the site claims to have information on multiple next-gen iPhones: the iPhone 5,1 and iPhone 5,2, though not all of them may see the light of day.

“Right now we know of a few next-generation iPhone candidates in testing,” writes 9to5Mac. “These prototype phones are floating around Apple HQ in thick, locked shells in order to disguise the exterior design to ‘undisclosed’ employees.”

“We know of two next-generation iPhones in testing with a larger display: the iPhone 5,1 and iPhone 5,2. These phones are in the pre-EVT stage of development and are codenamed N41AP (5,1) and N42AP (5,2).”

“Because Apple reserves certain models for internal-only usage, we’re not sure which of the two devices will make its way into the world later this year,” the website added.

As reports claim, both codenamed phones sport a new, larger display that is 3.999 inches diagonally. However, the company doesn’t plan to increase the size of the display and leave the current resolution, but will actually be adding pixels to the display.

The new iPhone display resolution will reportedly be 640×1136. That’s an extra 176 pixels longer of a display. The screen will save the same 1.9632-inches wide, but will grow to 3.484-inches tall. This new resolution is very close to a 16:9 screen ratio, so this means that 16:9 videos can play full screen at their native aspect ratio.

A second note from insiders suggests that the iPhone dock connector will be revised, to a much narrower design that’s “between the size of a Micro-USB and Mini-USB connector.”

“Considering the vast ecosystem of third-party hardware that this port connects the iPhone to, this would be a very significant change for Apple, but the company sounds determined to go through with it,” writes The Verge.

“This new dock connector will eventually make its way to all iOS devices. In any case, given what we’ve heard from the likes of Bloomberg and Reuters, and the supposed pre-EVT stage these current testing units are at, the actual release of the next iPhone seems a fair few months away. Plenty of time for plans (and perhaps even designs) to change.”

One more news, which is highly expected by iPhone’s fans, is the release date of the device. Well, recent reports quote an analyst at investment bank Piper Jaffray, who predicts that Apple will go ahead and unveil the new device with a “completely redesigned body style”, sometime in October of this year only.

Earlier reports claimed the existing shortage of chipsets at Qualcomm may hamper the production of Apple’s new device and may not allow the company to release the phone before October, alarmed the tech world last month.

However, the specialist denies such a possibility and adds that Gene Munster’s note sent to the investors that, “The bottom line is that we remain comfortable with an October iPhone 5 launch despite the reported 28nm chip shortage at Qulacomm. ”

Meanwhile, other features that are likely to be improved and changed in the upcoming iPhone model are Retina display, an A5X Variant chip, 1GB RAM, iOS 6, 4G LTE technology, Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, improved Siri, liquidmetal casin and an 8 megapixel (or even higher) rear camera.

The list of updates also includes a 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video chatting and a much-improved battery life.

Also, latest rumors from numerous reports have suggested that iPhone 5 will come with a smaller dock connector that is “closer to a pill shape”, Gorilla Glass 2 protection, upgraded PowerVR chip for improved graphics capabilities.

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