iPhone 5
This is just a mockup of iPhone 5 with a large screen.

According to WSJ, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) recently ordered bigger screens from an Asian supplier. These screens are expected to be  for the next generation iPhone and are reported to measure four inches diagonally which is relatively larger than iPhone 4s’ 3.5 inch screen.

It’s also reported that production for this phone will start later next month. Apple’s representative has yet to make an official comment.

Apparently, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) wants to make bigger screens in order to compete with phone maker rival Samsung, the maker behind the popular Galaxy line of Android-based phones. If they make a larger screen for the iPhone 5, it will be a first screen size increase for the phone, which has always been 3.5 inches. However, the rivals Samsung Galaxy S II  already features a 4.3 inch display and the new model Galaxy S III features a 4.8 inch screen.

Samsung has become one of Apple’s biggest rivals in the smartphone market. During the first quarter of 2012, Samsung sold 44.5 million smartphones which nabbed them a 30.6% share of the market. Apple sold 35.1 million phones and scored a 24.1% share.

Analysts also predict that Samsung’s shipments will double sometime this year thanks to the Galaxy S III, which will arrive to the United States sometime this summer. The phone will debut in stores next month in Europe.

Nobuo Kurahashi, an analyst for Mizuho Investors Securities, doubts that Apple is going to do a complete overhall in order to compete with rival smartphone makers. He said that although the smartphone market has significantly changed over the last few years, Apple still sets the standards.

I would love to see Apple’s next phone feature a larger screen and I think a lot of other people would like that as well. A slightly larger screen would make the whole experience seem more enjoyable and much easier to use for reading text.