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Apple orders bigger 4.6-inch screens for next iPhone: report

A man holds a Samsung S II, right, and Samsung Ace. left, smartphones next to an Apple iPhone 4 in this photo illustration August 24, 2011. The Galaxy S II features a larger screen than the iPhone.

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Apple Inc.'s new iPhone will have a sharper and bigger 4.6-inch "retina" display and is set to be launched around the second quarter, a South Korean media reported on Thursday.

Sales of the iPhone – first introduced in 2007 with the 3.5-inch touch screen, a template now adopted by its rivals – account for around half Apple's total sales.

Apple has decided on the bigger 4.6-inch display for its next iPhone and started placing orders to its suppliers, the Maeil Business Newspaper said, quoting an unnamed industry source.

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Its major display suppliers LG Display and Samsung Electronics Co declined to comment.

Samsung, which is also the biggest challenger to Apple in smartphones, uses 4.6-inch OLED display for its flagship Galaxy S II smartphone, introduced in April last year.

The high-definition "retina" display – containing several times as many pixels within the same area – is used in the latest iPad released earlier this month.

The iPhone 4S was introduced in October last year.

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