Japan Display Unveils a 5.5″ Display, Pundits Think it Will be Used in the Next iPhone

Japan_Display_logo[1]Fresh from an IPO, leading screen tech developer Japan Display unveiled a new LCD screen yesterday.

This 5.5″ marvel, which you can see below, sports an amazing screen resolution of 1,440 by 2,560, giving it a pixel density of 538ppi. The Japanese company says that it will begin shipping the new display in April.

Pundits quickly connected that detail with a rumor recently reported in the Nikkei:

Suppliers of LCD panels for Apple’s new iPhone will ramp up production soon, in line with a timetable for a worldwide launch as early as September. The new phone, expected to be called the iPhone 6, will likely be offered in 4.7- and 5.5-inch versions, both of which are larger than the current generation’s 4-inch screen.


There’s no indication as to the source of this rumor, so I would not take it too seriously. Also, Apple is know for their secrecy, so if this screen really were intended for the next iPhone I don’t think JDI would have been allowed to announce it.

Remember, the Retina Display for the iPad wasn’t announced by Samsung; it leaked from a parts supplier. That is how I expect to first hear about the new larger iPhone screens – assuming they exist.

While I expect Apple to eventually release a larger iPhone, all of the rumors I am hearing right now sound an awful lot like the rumors circulating around this time last year. A lot of people expected a new and larger iPhone last September, but it didn’t happen. Instead we got a couple new iPhones with 4″ screens.

Without a solid leak which proves the existence of the larger screen, I think it is safe to assume that many pundits will be disappointed when the new iPhone is unveiled in the Fall.

Japan Display

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  1. fjtorres29 March, 2014

    I’d be skeptical because of the resolution: Apple products tend to have resolutions that are multiples of xga and this is quad-720p.
    It would require yet another rewiring of iOS to work and that eould zhow up in the SDK. Has it?

    1. Nate Hoffelder29 March, 2014


      And thanks for pointing out the detail about the screen resolution; I’m embarrassed that I missed it.

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