New iPhone to have larger screen, WSJ reports

May 16, 2012

Those who find themselves squinting at their iPhone screens during Words With Friends matches may soon get some relief.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has ordered screens from its suppliers that are larger than the current version. The company is expected to debut its next-generation iPhone later this year.

The new screens will measure 4 inches diagonally, compared with 3.5 inches for the iPhone 4s and previous iterations of the iPhone.

The WSJ’s report suggests the move is Apple’s attempt to compete with Samsung Electronics, whose Galaxy S III flagship phone boasts a 4.8-inch display.

Samsung, with its wider array of phones, has recently challenged Apple’s dominance in the smartphone market: WSJ reported that in the quarter through March, Samsung comprised 30.6 percent share of the global smartphone market, topping Apple’s 24.1 share, according to market research firm Strategy Analytics.

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