Toshiba manufacturing 4 inch 720p retina screen

May 16, 2011 by

ToshibaHail the rumour mill! The latest one, in fact, involves the next generation iPhone.

Japanese electronics giant Toshiba is said to be spending about $1.2 billion USD to construct a factory to make small LCD screens.

Toshiba’s press release today says:

Displays for Mobile Phones and Portable Electronics: The mobile section of the booth will feature high-resolution LTPS displays, up to 367ppi (pixels per inch) resolution density, in sizes ranging from 3.3-inch to 4.0-inch with resolution formats ranging from Wide VGA (480 x 864) to HD (720 x 1280). In addition, these displays will demonstrate advanced technologies such as high-contrast (up to 1,500:1), high-color (up to 92% NTSC), and wide viewing angle (up to H/V 176º/176º). The displays are just a few representative examples of TMD’s broad line of thin and light displays for mobile smartphones and other portable electronic devices.

The rumour mill has already been churning with rumours of a four-inch iPhone, and this may further reinforce that notion.

What do you think? Do you think Toshiba is manufacturing this for Apple or another company?

Even though I don’t think any other tech giant has figured out the secret to how to make proper use of retina display in mobile devices, I personally believe this rumour is a bunch of bull because Apple already played around and screwed with the device resolution enough with the introduction of the iPhone 4 last year and they won’t do it again anytime soon, not to mention the compatibility with apps which will look stretched out unless they do not make use of the extra display size and rather, do what the iPad does with iPhone-native apps.

Share your thoughts in the comments below!

(via 9to5Mac)