The Apple iPhone 5 release date is almost here — with an unveiling expected at a company event Oct. 4 — and it's expected that among the biggest changes consumers will find in the highly-anticipated product will be a larger screen size.
Some qualified reports dating back to February of this year have suggested the larger screen size will be a reality for the iPhone 5. The idea is that the fifth-generation smartphone from Apple will have an expanded screen to better compete with Android devices which often have larger screens.
Apple's iPhone, first released in 2007, is the world's most popular smartphone. But Google's Android is the world's most popular operating system, used by multiple manufacturer's. Among all the rumors and qualified reports that have surfaced in the past nine months speculating about what new features Apple's iPhone 5 will have, the larger screen have been among the most persistent.
Back in February of this year, iDealsChina posted what it claimed to be a photo of the front "digitizer panel" for the iPhone 5. Here was the caption that was posted with the photo, according to 9to5Mac: "China's 1st iPhone 5 photo has surfaced! From this photo it seems that the screen size will be larger than iPhone 4. There has been a lot of speculation about a larger screen and maybe this will be one of the upgrades we will see when iPhone 5 is released this summer."
There was also an early report from China's DigiTimes that Apple was looking at bigger screen sizes to better compete with popular Android phones — hailed in large part because of their larger screen sizes. That report was in early February, when the tech publication said the new iPhone 5 will feature a 4-inch screen — bigger than the iPhone 4's 3.5-inch touchscreen display.
Popular Android smarthpones including the Motorola Droid Bionic and the HTC Thunderbolt sport screen sizes of 4.3 inches.
But it doesn't take qualified rumors and competitive comparisons to understand that Apple's new iPhone will likely have a larger screen size. Among resounding reviews for Apple's iPhone 4 and unprecedented global customer popularity, one consistent wish list item is a larger screen size.
It's easily among the most-wanted iPhone 5 features. And Apple is about meeting customer demand, after all.
Currently, however, Apple's iPhone 4 is notorious for yielding multiple text messages, emails and Facebook postings that are filled with errors because the small touchscreen keyboard is hard for many to hit just right. Many consumers know, for instance, if they get a bungled text message — it came from an iPhone.
Apple wants that to stop.
Also, many top, credible product reviewers have called for Apple to expand the screen size for a couple of iPhone generations now.
It's just a natural progression.
Add to that fact the obvious migration that's starting to take place in the consumer tech industry where smartphones and tablets will merge more closely together. Just last year, Apple was rocking along with its new iPad tablet, the iPhone 4 smartphone, and its iPod and iTouch.
But with each and every passing day, these products merge more closely together. Already, Apple is said to be ready to drop its iPod music device because with more memory, new iPhones like the iPhone 5 and iPad 2 tablet readily serve the same purpose. The Iphone is an iPod, and much more.
Similarly, many industry observers expect Amazon's new Kindle Fire tablet, with a 7-inch touchscreen, to unleash new demand for smaller, lighter weight tablets easier to carry around. So as tablets shrink and smartphones increase in screen size, they will move closer to the all-in-one product that will soon emerge.
Apple, of course, is not just a trendsetter, but many consider the company to the "the" consumer tech trendsetter — so making a larger screen size for Apple's new iPhone 5 is a natural and completely expected at the unveiling early next week.