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 PreEVT stage of development and are codenamed N41AP (5,1) and N42AP (5,2). … Both of these phones sport a new, larger display that is 3.999 inches diagonally. … The new iPhone display resolution will be 640 x 1136. That’s an extra 176 pixels longer of a display. The screen will be 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.
John Gruber also lends credibility.
The rumors about a taller-screened iPhone are piling up so much recently that it’s looking fairly likely. I’ll reserve final judgment until I use an iPhone with this display shape, but tentatively, I’m skeptical.
Why do people like larger-screened phones? My guesses on the biggest reasons:
- Photos look much better.
- They look better in the store.
- To get LTE, which in practice still requires a larger phone and battery, and therefore, a larger screen.
The rumored ≈16:9 iPhone doesn’t really solve any of these. And I still think it would look weird in portrait.