It is believed that Apple has placed an order from their Asian suppliers for larger screens that will be fitted to their next models when they are released later this year.
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the new screens will represent a 0.5-inch increase when measured diagonally when compared to the current iPhone 4s, which has a 3.5-inch screen. With increasing competitiveness in the market and recent findings that Samsung is now the industry leader when it comes to the sale of smartphones, iPhone is believed to be looking at a number of ways to take back the number one slot.
Rumours that began to circulate last month hinted that the next iPhone would have a case made of Liquidmetal, which is a new alloy that is also known as ‘metallic glass.’ Apple licensed the alloy in 2010.
While Liquidmetal has been used by Apple’s rivals, such as Samsung, Atakan Peker, one of the inventors responsible for coming up with Liquidmetal, said, “I expect Apple to use this technology in a breakthrough product. Such product will likely bring an innovative user interface and industrial design together, and will also be very difficult to copy or duplicate with other material technologies. Liquidmetal is super strong, scratch and corrosion resistant, resilient and can be precision cast into complex shapes. The benefits will be in the form of strong and aesthetic structural components, such as casing and frames.”