Possible iPhone 5 front panel?

Following rumours that the iPhone 5 will have a larger screen earlier this month, a Chinese reseller has posted a picture of a part which appears to show the front of the new phone will have a thinner bezel around the outside to accommodate a 4 inch display, while at the same time keeping the same overall size as the current generation phone. Interestingly, it appears the ‘home’ button will be kept for this new model, so speculation that the new multitouch gestures which appeared in iOS 4.3 beta 1 will replace the need for a physical button will be curtailed, for now.

How Apple will manage the screen resolution issue, in order to maintain compatibility with older apps, still remains to be seen. Will they simply keep the screen resolution the same? Unlikely, as this would lose the ‘Retina’ effect with the current 300+ dpi screen. They certainly can’t double it, so the only other option will be perhaps a 1.2x increase. This could lead to some unfortunate scaling artifacts, though perhaps with the high pixel density it would be possible. We may find an answer in next week’s iPad 2 announcement, where that device faces a similar issue.

What to expect from iPad 2

Now that we’ve finally heard the news that Apple is launching iPad 2 on the 2nd of March, what should we start to expect from the new device?

There’s been plenty of speculation about the screen on the new device. If it follows in the steps of the iPhone 4, it will have a Retina display and the resolution will be quadrupled. Any other resolution would lead to huge compatibility headaches. Can Apple pull this off on such a small device without depleting the battery life? If it can, the iPad 2 will be almost impossible to beat in terms of screen quality.

A front facing camera, and hence FaceTime support is almost certain, along with better specifications all round. Expect the iPad to feature more RAM, more flash memory storage, and a dual core CPU.

Will the new iPad be any lighter? It’s hard to see how it could be, with all the extra tech on board. But then it’s hard to see how Apple could be happy to release something that’s heavier, especially when considering the mobile use of the device.

Thank goodness we only have to wait one more week to find out!

iOS 4.3 and iPad 2 to arrive simultaneously?

This blog has been very quiet lately with news of iOS 4.3 and iPad 2. The proposed release date of 14th February has been and gone, and we’ve all been left with very little to go on.

At the moment this can only lead to one conclusion: if iPad 2 is arriving soon, then a new device will be needing new software, so perhaps iOS 4.3 will be the base install on these tablets.

Perhaps then Apple is gearing up for some big announcements soon.

Maybe that thought alone is enough to keep us happy as we wait a little longer.

iPhone 5 to have larger screen?

DigiTimes is suggesting iPhone 5 will gain an extra 0.5 inches to to the screen, giving it a 4 inch screen which is popular with many Android devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S. The home button may disappear from the bottom of the device to be replaced with new gestures as Apple was keen to demonstrate in the beta of iOS 4.3 for the iPad. How this might affect the resolution of the screen, and in particular the compatibility with current apps will remain a question to be answered.