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Apple orders 4″ screens, rumoured for new iPhone

Apple Inc. plans to use a 4" screen on the next-generation iPhone and has begun to place orders for the new displays from suppliers in South Korea and Japan, Reuters has reported, citing people familiar with the situation. That would represent a roughly 30% increase in viewing area, assuming Apple, which has used a 3.5" screen since introducing the iPhone in 2007, keeps other dimensions proportional. The decision to equip the next iPhone with a larger screen represents part of a competitive response by Apple to Samsung Electronics, which unveiled its top-of-the line Galaxy smartphone with a 4.8" touch-screen and a faster processor earlier this month.