iPhone 5 May Be Only 3.5 Inches After All

March 23, 2012

When it comes to iPhone 5 rumors, it’s been a crazy ride as of late. We’ve been hearing a lot of talk about 4G LTE technology in the iPhone 5. As we’ve pointed out, a 4G LTE iPhone 5 is certain. However, one thing that’s still up for debate is just how big the iPhone 5 will be. We’ve heard it will be as big as 4.6 inches in size, and we’ve also heard it will only be a little bigger than the iPhone 4 at 4 inches in size. Now, the newest rumor to come out is that the iPhone 5 won’t be so big after all.

iPhone 5 Set to Be 3.5″, says iMore

After the rumors of the 4.6 inch display broke earlier this week, we have to say that we’re bit surprised at iMore’s report that the iPhone 5 will actually be 3.5 inches. We’re not sure that we necessarily agree with this report, as we still feel that the iPhone 5 will be closer to 4 inches, but it’s still worth reporting on just in case it does happen.

Citing sources that said Apple was planning on sticking to the same display as of last month for the iPhone 5, iMore thinks that the iPhone 5 display will most likely be 3.5 inches–however, they did not rule out the possibility that Apple may go larger, though, as according to them, the size isn’t “set in stone and it could get a little bigger (though nowhere near as big as current 4.5-inch plus Android phones).”

iPhone 5 Micro Dock Connector Looks To Be a GoiPhone

iPhone5Latest.com reported several weeks back that the iPhone 5 would be getting a micro dock connector. At the time, the news was merely a rumor that was just being tossed around the Internet; now it looks a bit more likely as iMore’s sources also seem to indicate that the iPhone 5 will be getting the smaller connector.

iPhone 5

So why is Apple changing things up? It’s mostly to make room for other components in the iPhone 5. As you can probably tell by looking at an iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S, the dock connector takes up quite a bit of space in the iPhone–and with planned 4G LTE connectivity and a different processor, it makes sense that Apple would want to cut space in any area possible. Switching from the standard 30 pin dock connector to a significantly smaller one makes good sense.

New Version of iOS Also Likely

As iMore points out, every new iPhone as of yet has been released with a new version of iOS. The iPhone 4, for instance, came with iOS 4, while the iPhone 4S came with iOS 5. We already know that Apple is working on the next version of iOS, likely to be called iOS 6, so it’s very likely that this iOS will be pre-installed on the iPhone 5.

The only question is when will Apple announce iOS 6. If they follow their previous announcement pattern, the iOS 6 announcement will likely come in June at Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC)–which is also when the iPhone 5 itself may be announced. Now if the iPhone 5 does, in fact, receive a release date of June or July 2012, we’d expect iOS 6 to come out then; if, however, the iPhone 5 isn’t released until October 2012, we expect the release of iOS 6 to be delayed until October 2012.

What Do You Think?

Are you happy with the idea of an iPhone 5 with the same display size as previous iPhones? Or do you want a bigger iPhone 5? Leave us a comment below and make your opinion heard.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Jordan March 24, 2012 at 7:18 am

i think a 4.25 would be nice…not to big, not too small.


Manish March 24, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Great but I need to know the Price and its release date in INDIA>


Michelle Canever March 25, 2012 at 8:09 am

Hi Manish,

As soon as we get this info we'll be fast to post it.

Thanks for reading


Curtis March 25, 2012 at 1:00 am

Bigger display needed(hope for 4 to 5 inches) and if bigger display, more room for more copponets so no need for power port changed and even if apple changed port it would probably be something like a 15 point dock connecter. Of corse it is going to be ios 6. Even though I would like iOS to change to 6 would have about 1000 new features, iOS 6.1 have about 200 new features. iOS 6.1.1 to have about 30 new features. iOS to have about 1 to 5 new features. (same as current except a super major releases made)


Allan Douglas March 25, 2012 at 2:08 am

I am looking forward to see a much bigger screen with iPhone 5. Five inches sounds great for me.


Onix March 25, 2012 at 8:39 am

I would love it to stay at 3.5 maybe a little bigger but 4 is a Max for me. I love how sleek and small and I love how easily I can text with one hand. It's actually the main reason I don't have an Evo 3d or a razer.


Your Mum March 25, 2012 at 6:21 pm

It needs a 4.5″ screen at least, it is way to small now and is dated when compared to newer offerings. More video intesive apps requires the larger screen…


dsfasdfdsf March 26, 2012 at 7:53 pm

What a bigger screen buy an iPad……. No one wants to hold a brick to their ear all day……… 4 inches would be my max…..


Deven March 26, 2012 at 12:31 am

I dont mind the 3.5 inch screen but i would like to see a 4 in screen. Any bigger than that seems pointless


Jay March 26, 2012 at 6:42 am

I agree with Deven and Onix. No need to be any bigger than 4in. I do not understand why some brands go with a huge size. I am hoping to see a 4in screen, it would be big enough.


Frank March 27, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Will buy when screen is over 4".


Conan March 28, 2012 at 12:16 am

Needs a 4 to a 4.5 max. No bigger.


Lou March 28, 2012 at 4:41 pm

There were old rumors of an iPhone Nano — much smaller than 3.5. Any truth?


Michelle Canever March 28, 2012 at 6:00 pm

I'd say it's certainly something that's possible, but probably not so much for the iPhone 5. Probably a later iPhone like the iPhone 6 or 7. If we hear anything about an iPhone 5 Nano we'll be sure to report it here.


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