iPhone 5 Design Leaked Before Release: Larger screen possible

By Gary Johnson - Sep 1, 2011

Earlier today we told you about another iPhone prototype getting lost in a bar, and Apple’s attempts to retrieve the device. The company would have been eager to prevent images and details of the device becoming public knowledge after the events of last year and the iPhone 4. But it looks as if Apple may have let some details out themselves, as the iPhone 5 design may have been leaked before release with a larger screen possible, but not over 4-inches.

The source of the information may have come from Apple themselves, as 9 to 5Mac are reporting that an image from the company’s latest Photo Stream beta is displaying an unusual icon. Instead of showing the normal iPhone icon it displays a device that has smaller blank spaces surrounding the screen.

Apple’s icons usually closely represent the device they are for, and even give devices their individual colors on iTunes. So it may mean that Apple is making some big changes to the iPhone 5. The team over at 9 To 5mac has even mocked up what the image would look like in real size, which you can see below.

The sizing of the screen matches up with recent rumors the handset was not going to have a screen size larger than four inches. Many potential customers of the iPhone have told us they would like to see a screen size of around 4.2-inches. There are many Android devices coming to the market that have a display bigger than four inches, and earlier today Samsung announced the Galaxy Note that measures a mammoth 5.3-inches.

Whether anyone would want a smartphone that big remains to be seen, even though the device is meant for people who don’t want to own a tablet PC and a smartphone. The iPhone 5 is rumored to be releasing sometime in October, and as we get closer to the date we are likely to see more images and parts emerge.

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