Should the iPhone 5 Sport a Bigger Touchscreen?

When it comes to the iPhone, Apple doesn't prescribe to the philosophy that bigger is better, unlike Android devices, which keep growing and growing (Galaxy Note, anyone?). Instead of launching the iPhone 5 that everyone was expecting, Apple came out with the iPhone 4S and it shipped with the exact same measurements as the iPhone 4 (2.3 inches wide by 0.37 inches thick), almost the same weight (4.9 ounces versus 4.8 ounces), and the same Retina display (3.5 inches, 960x640 pixels).

For the next iteration, conventional wisdom says Apple needs to finally increase the iPhone's screen size, and as rumor has it, that's exactly what the Cupertino company plans to do. Citing a South Korean media report, Reuters says the next iPhone iteration will feature a 4.6-inch Retina display, which is more than an inch larger than the iPhone 4/4S.

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As the story goes, a bigger screen is a foregone conclusion and Apple has already started ordering parts from its suppliers. It's worth noting that LG Display and Samsung build the bulk of displays for Apple, and Samsung already makes 4.6-inch OLED displays for its Galaxy S II smartphone, a tidbit that makes the story at least plausible, though not necessarily believable. Why?

Well, a bigger display means the next iPhone will be larger than ever before, a move Apple has so far been reluctant to make. With that in mind, it's a little difficult to picture Apple making the leap all the way to 4.6 inches, resulting in a much bigger smartphone. That said, we'd be surprised if the next iPhone shipped with the same size 3.5-inch panel as the iPhone 4/4S.

What size screen would you like to see on the next iPhone?