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iPhone 5 tipped to have 4-inch 'widescreen' display

Apple's next iPhone is going to have a taller display for widescreen video viewing, according to reports.

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Apple's next iPhone will have a taller display for widescreen movie viewing, according to reports.

9to5Mac reckons the Californian company is testing a glossy new blower that sports a 3.999-inch screen (but let's just go ahead and call it 4 shall we?), and packs more pixels than the current 3.5-inch display.

The iPhone 4S has a 640x960-pixel resolution. The horizontal resolution is apparently going to stay the same, but the vertical resolution will be beefed up to 1,136 pixels.

That's an extra 176 pixels, meaning that when you spin the iPhone on its side you'll get something very close to a 16:9 aspect ratio. That means you'll be able to play video on the iPhone 5 without having to choose between annoying black bars and cropping the frame.

The site additionally reckons that Apple is testing versions of iOS 6 that will take advantage of the extra screen real estate, cramming in a fifth row of app icons on the home screen.

Intriguing stuff. Now that the Samsung Galaxy S3 has broken cover, all eyes are on Tim Cook and his cronies to see what Apple's next iPhone will look like. The smart phone trend this last year has been for bigger and bigger displays, and while Apple's not known for following tech trends, the iPhone 4S does look tiny compared to current behemoths such as the HTC One X or Lumia 900.

The iPhone 5 will likely get an airing in October, following the iPhone 4S' showing at the same time last year. 

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