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Posted at 9:10 AM ET, 02/15/2011

Rumors say iPhone 5 may have 4-inch screen, sliding keyboard

By Hayley Tsukayama

iPhone 5 rumors continue to ramp up, as several tech blogs report that the new handset will have a 4-inch screen to be more competitive with Android. The current iPhone 4 has a 3.5-inch display.

The rumors about the screen originate from DigiTimes, which cites "upstream component suppliers."

Another rumor, this time from translations of a Taiwanese blog called tw.apple.pro, is that Apple is looking at three prototypes for the new handset. One of those prototypes is said to feature a full, slide-out keyboard. Another prototype would be little more than an upgrade of the current iPhone, which AppleInsider compared to the 3GS' upgrade of the iPhone 3.

According to AppleInsider, the Taiwanese site has a history of leaking correct information about Apple products, having obtained an authentic white iPhone panel and an iPhone 4 battery, and information about the MacBook and iPod Nano in the past.

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By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 15, 2011; 9:10 AM ET
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Comments

They would never go for a slideout keyboard

Posted by: HardyW | February 15, 2011 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Absolutely no way Apple will put a sliding keyboard on the iPhone. Their trend is to remove buttons, not add them. The next gen iPad will elminate the "home" button, and will probably cull out volume controls and even the power button, if they can work it out. No reason to expect a "backwards" move for the iPhone.

Posted by: kevintumlinson1 | February 15, 2011 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Seems every blog is leaking Apple rumors these days. I guess it speaks to Apple cache that merely leaking an Apple rumor can take a blog from unknown to media powerhouse in a few hours.

Posted by: tundey | February 15, 2011 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Maybe they will put a second slide out touchscreen...

Posted by: ozpunk | February 15, 2011 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Honestly, I think that if you want a phone with a slide out keyboard you go for something that's not an iPhone. I think the iPhone's virtual keyboard is a plus for many people - myself included. I would not care for a slide out keyboard.

Posted by: lightgrw | February 15, 2011 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Hey if you need a keyboard you can always use Apple's wireless. IMO using Dragon is a far easier way to type.....my wife has had a traumatic brain injury -- it is how she "types."

Posted by: nypocho1 | February 15, 2011 10:39 AM | Report abuse

A slideout touchscreen on the front and back so two people can video conference off the same phone simultaneously

Posted by: HardyW | February 15, 2011 10:52 AM | Report abuse

The next iPhone will have the same physical dimensions as the current iPhone, but with a much larger screen.

This will be made possible with a screen that is edge-to-edge.

It will also be lighter and more durable, with a carbon-fiber housing.

Posted by: TheBabu | February 15, 2011 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Would never buy an iPhone with a sliding keyboard. hate them.

Posted by: jdubyaa | February 15, 2011 12:10 PM | Report abuse

First of all, to be more competitive with Android? There are few things the Android has that is competitive with the iPhone. And the keyboard thing, add that to the nonsense and you find a bunch of Android fans who are trying to justify their faith in their chosen platform when it's clear Apple already figured out a slide-out manual keyboard is not the way to go.

This Apple rumor-mongering is familiar to those of us who have paid attention to Apple for over 20 years. But so many bloggers, they have yet to clue into what Apple is, how they work. Otherwise they wouldn't bother repeating such obvious junk designed to try to make people think that what the competition has is better and Apple has been making devices that need improvement.

And they certainly can use improvement, but not backwards to be more like the competition which is far behind in terms of design and functionality.

Posted by: leicaman | February 15, 2011 12:14 PM | Report abuse

The way I look at these rumors, it is merely testing the water to see the reaction however it is a possibility that Apple is trying to compete with RIM's blackberry Torch for other areas of the business hence why you are hearing about slide out keyboard.

Posted by: beeker25 | February 15, 2011 1:05 PM | Report abuse

This is unbelievable. I can not imagine Apple making a phone with a pull out keypad. The draw for us people who use Apple products is, in part, due to the sleek styling. I guess that's why they call them "rumors."

Posted by: PullUpAChair | February 15, 2011 3:05 PM | Report abuse

my reaction to seeing this feedheadline, Rob, lol, was "Wow!"

Posted by: Hattrik | February 15, 2011 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Looks like we all are having the same, rather adverse reaction to the notion of Apple having a slide out keyboard. I'm sure the iPhone 5 is coming soon... but these rumors in regards to what the new release will resemble are ridiculous.

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Posted by: Nan_King | February 15, 2011 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Should Apple include a sliding keyboard, then it would be evident that the culture at Apple is a significant shift in a post "Steve Jobs" world of management oversight at Apple, Inc.

Posted by: iyerra | February 16, 2011 2:24 AM | Report abuse

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