iPhone 5 to have 4-inch screen, report claims

Apparently, Apple's going to corner the phone market by going bigger as well as smaller.

Well, it looks like Apple isn't going to go smaller without going a little bigger, too. We just heard that Apple's working on a smaller iPhone (an iPhone "nano," if you will), and now new reports suggest Apple's working on an iPhone with a larger display.

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Reports by Taiwanese trade paper DigiTimes claim that Apple is expanding the regular iPhone's screen to 4 inches. According to DigiTimes, Apple is planning a 4-inch screen for its iPhone 5 in order to "compete with the Google Android platform in the 4- to 7-inch smartphone market."

This is noteworthy, of course, because it's been suggested that Apple's rumored mini-iPhone is Apple's answer to Google's mobile OS. So which is it? Does Apple need a smaller phone or a larger phone to compete with Android? Maybe both and maybe a third option to boot.

DigiTimes cites unnamed "component suppliers," who have "noted that the production lines for Apple's next generation iPhone have begun testing, and Apple is interesting [sic] in expanding the screen size to 4-inches to support the tablet PC market as the vendor only has a 9.7-inch iPad in the market."

Sure, that makes sense...although, last I checked, Apple basically owned the tablet PC market (although the iPad recently dropped to a meager 75 percent of the market share).

I, for one, would love a 4-inch iPhone screen (I often pull out my Droid X to read Websites...both for the screen size, and the network--sorry AT&T), but these are just rumors. In case you're wondering, the iPhone 4 has a 3.5-inch screen.

Speaking of rumors, a Taiwanese blog, tw.apple.pro, says there are three iPhone 5 prototypes currently being tested--one with a sliding cover, one with a sliding keyboard, and one that looks a lot like the iPhone 4.

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