Apple iPhone 5: All Eyes on WWDC Monday for Release Date

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Look for a 4-inch screen when the new iPhone is officially introduced.It probably comes as little surprise that rampant speculation about Apple's next iPhone – the iPhone 5, iPhone 4G, sixth-generation, whatever it will be called – is once again reaching a feverish peak just before the company's application developers gather for their annual event in San Francisco, June 11-15.

So what did we "learn" about the new iPhone this week, keeping in mind that Apple hasn't confirmed much of anything about the device?

A video posted (below) by parts-supply company ETrade Supply hit YouTube Wednesday, showing off what is supposedly the back cover of Apple's new iPhone. It differs from previous iPhone iterations in a number of ways, the first being color. Instead of the traditional black or white, you're looking at brushed metal. The device also seems to be thinner and longer, backing up previous reports that it's capable of sporting a larger screen – four inches. Also supported by the video are other reports that the headphone jack will be moved to the bottom.

Oh, and speaking of screen size, one industry watcher got very specific with his prediction this week, saying the display will be 4.08 inches. Mingchi Kuo, an analyst with KGI, says the resolution will be fabulous, an improvement over prior versions.

"We expect iPhone 5 to feature a 4.08-inch in-cell IPS panel screen with a display resolution of 1,136 x 640 and 500-nit brightness," Kuo wrote in a research note cited by Apple Insider. The screen will also go from a 4:3 ratio to one that is 16:9, Kuo said.

Will Apple ever offer larger screens comparable to the 4.7 and 4.8-inch displays that Samsung has been rolling out lately? Not anytime soon, the analyst wrote, suggesting that Apple thinks displays larger than 4.3 inches are too challenging to operate with one hand. And any screens larger than that require bigger batteries that make the devices bulkier, he added.

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