September 6, 2013
A few days from now, Apple will launch the next-generation iPhone alongside a multi-color range of low-cost iPhones. But according to The Wall Street Journal, the company is "already working on something bigger." The publication reports:
The electronics giant has begun evaluating a plan to offer iPhones with screens ranging from 4.8 inches to as high as 6 inches, people familiar with the matter say. That would be a sizable leap from the 4-inch screen of the iPhone 5 released last year, and, at the upper end, would be one of the largest on the market.Apple is said to be particularly interested in a 4.8-inch screen for a future version of its flagship mobile product. Of course, this isn't the first report of the looming likelihood of larger screens for Apple's bestselling handset. Last June, for example, Reuters claimed that Apple had been looking at introducing two bigger iPhones next year, one with a 4.7-inch screen and one with a 5.7-inch screen. All this points to Apple's apparent plans to compete more aggressively against Samsung, which has had considerable success with its line of larger-screen Galaxy "phablets" including, most recently, the 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 3. According to The Wall Street Journal's sources, Apple has been "more willing to move ahead than in years past" with its plans for releasing iPhones with bigger screens, for which component suppliers are said to have already been approached by the company. On Tuesday, Sept. 10, Apple is reportedly set to announce the so-called iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, both of which are expected to retain the 4-inch screen size introduced by the company last year with the launch of the iPhone 5.