Rumor: iPhone 5 with 4-inch screen coming next June

A post on iLounge says that their most reliable source for inside information is saying that the iPhone 5 will be coming next June and will have a 4-inch screen. You can read more on iPhone Savior. The post says that the new iteration will no longer have glass on the back, probably replacing it with aluminum. The larger screen will increase the length of the phone by 8mm. And iLounge speculates that the phone will have a more robust battery such that it will be able to accommodate the new generation of LTE networks — giving you much faster data speeds.

Meanwhile, the demand for the iPhone 4S continues to be so strong that the U.S. carriers still don't have enough phones. The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that customers are still having to wait two to three weeks for their new iPhones. Verizon and AT&T customers are having to wait around three weeks, and Sprint customers two weeks. An AT&T vice president was quoted as saying that they've had record-breaking sales, and a Verizon spokesperson said that the popularity of the iPhone 4S is actually continuing to build.

Expect the Christmas season to be huge for Apple. MSNBC is reporting on a Nielsen survey that found that the iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone are the top three items on kids' wishlists this holiday season, with 44% hoping to get an iPad. And think about it: these kids with iPads will most likely become lifelong customers of Apple. What a sweet business model. There appears to be no end in sight for Apple's success.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.