Apple has, since the introduction of the very first iPhone in 2007, been happy to stick religiously with its 3.5-inch display, but with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC One X making the iPhone look comparatively minute, the consensus with regards to the next iPhone seems to be that the Cupertino company will finally break from the mold and increase the screen’s real-estate.

A short while back, a leaked part appeared to confirm rife rumors of an increased display, with the aspect ratio also set for a change with the device, being dubbed as the "iPhone 5" despite actually being the sixth generation iPhone. As far as the leak, which purported to show the new LCD, was concerned, the width of the screen would remain the same, while becoming a great deal longer and bringing the diameter up to around four inches.

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4-inches may not seem much to those using a larger-displaying Android or Windows Phone, but compared with each iPhone hitherto, the increase would be quite significant. On top of the earlier leak, Chinese blog MyDrivers has obtained a similar "leaked part," which, although obtained via "supply chain sources" (frequently the instigators of incorrect rumors), does look plausible, and indicates the next generation iPhone could see a screen increase of 30 per cent – a larger increase than previously supposed.

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Of course, there’s every reason to approach the leaked part with a fair amount of skepticism. After all, I find it suspect that those in the business of discovering leaked parts aren’t in ownership of an iPhone 4 /S – both of which will have taken a better, more detailed snap than the one shown above.

Still, along with the leak, the blog claims the touch sensors will be integrated into the LCD itself, which reduces the required number of layers, subsequently making the display – and the device itself – the slimmer than ever before.

The idea of a larger screen will appeal to most iPhone users, and although the Retina display is one of the sharpest available on the market, a little more space to play with would make playing apps and games just that little bit better.

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