Fine-tuning the next iPhone to be bigger, faster, and last longer
Shun Shiga has an excellent article about the new iPhone. Here's a bit of it:
The next iPhone from Apple (let's unofficially call it the iPhone 5 in this article) is right around the corner. Apple is expected to unveil the new smartphone at a special event on September 12, with a release date a few days later on the 21st. With that in mind, many of the top rumored features of the iPhone 5 will soon be answered.
Apple has had the iPhone 4/4S design on the market since 2010. Just like its predecessors, many suspect the next iPhone to be revolutionary all over again in not just design, but with new technology and features as well. Here is what Apple could do to make the iPhone 5 do just that.
Bigger screen (Part 1)
Certainly the most exciting rumor about the iPhone 5 is it being equipped with a bigger, or more specifically taller, screen. Consistent photos and videos (here and here) of the supposed outer shell of the next iPhone have revealed space for a taller touch screen; overall width of the entire unit appears to remain the same, pointing to the assumption that the next iPhone will sport an aspect ratio of around 16:9.
The current iPhone 4S’s 3.5 inch screen has been around since the original iPhone from 2007. Although the 4S did receive a bump in pixel density with its 960 x 640 pixel Retina display, its screen’s physical dimensions have remained the same. With a taller screen, the next iPhone is expected to sport a new 1136 x 640 pixel Retina display.
Bigger Screen (Part 2)
News about the next iPhone’s screen doesn’t end there. Appleinsider reports that Apple has recently filed a new patent for LCD screen technology that will now incorporate touch sensors directly within the display circuits. By following this procedure, less number of components would need to be manufactured and assembled in order for the touch interface to work on the screen. Ultimately, a thinner and taller display would mean more room for other components (see below).
Read more here.