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iPhone 5 To Come With LG Retina Display?

The followup to the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5, is likely to come with a 4-inch LCD display, 14 per cent bigger than the current models and that component is likely to be provided by LG Display, the current incumbent.

Kim Yoo-chul, from the Korea Times (opens in new tab), quotes an industry executive who says that the iPhone 5 will have a similar resolution to the iPhone 4, currently 960x640 pixels and Apple is unlikely to embrace OLED because of brightness and battery consumption issues.

That's a slight contradiction given that OLED displays are known to be power sipping rather than power gulping and Apple will have to up the resolution on a 4-inch display in order to keep up with the retina display pixel density, which currently stands at 326ppi.

The unnamed executive also said that the "surface design" of the iPhone 5 will be changed and that both the iPhone 5 and the iPad 3 will be launched in the first quarter of 2012.

Apple is also expected to bring a quad core SoC, probably named the A6 to the iPhone 5, which is likely to be a straight forward upgrade from the A5.

The same newspaper reported that Samsung and Apple may be collaborating on this application processor as well, despite the fact that they are currently locked in a bitter legal dispute.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.