Earlier today, we heard tale that Apple is testing a 3.95-inch version of the iPhone, one with a modified aspect ratio, running 9:5 rather than 3:2. Now, another piece of the puzzle has appeared, and while the general gist seems similar, some of the details differ.
MacRumors has obtained information from a parts supplier for what appears to be a widescreen front panel. These panels actually have a 4.1-inch screen size, and are allegedly destined for an overhauled iPod Touch — but it’s doubtful that Apple would change the Touch and not the iPhone itself.
This widescreen iPhone would have a 4.1-inch screen size, which differs from the 3.95-inch one bandied about earlier — but not substantially so. The parts leak also revealed the internal cameras for the new iPhone, but there’s not much to be known from those shots.
I remain cautious about assuming anything about the size and shape of a new iPhone after being burned so badly during the iPhone 4S announcement (the leaks for that looked incredible). However, a widescreen touch panel wouldn’t be the biggest change in the world, and if Apple simply added another row of icons to the homescreen, and allowed apps to run with some version of letterboxing, the reprograming for a larger screen probably wouldn’t be too major.