Apple Tests iPhone Screens as Large as Six Inches

The company has been experimenting with screens as large as six inches for future models of the iPhone.

The report claims Apple has tested models with screens as large as six inches, a significant increase from the 4-inch screen on the iPhone 5, but they are not expected to be released this year. Photo: Michael Wyszomierski/Flickr

According to the Wall Street Journal report, the electronics giant  testing iPhones with larger screens than previous models.

A 6-inch iPhone – which would be 2 inches bigger than Apple’s current iPhone 5 model – would fall into the so-called ‘phablet’ category, being the same size as the Acer Liquid S2 and fitting in-between Samsung’s 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 3 and its 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega.

Apple is routinely testing prototype devices and these models might never be released, but this is not the first time that we’ve heard this rumor. Back in July, the paper reported that Apple was testing larger screens on both the iPad and the iPhone. It said thay the tech giant has been testing a 13-inch model of the iPad, as well as iPhone screens ranging up to 5.7 inches.

Apple stuck with the same 3.5-inch display on the first five generations of the iPhone, making the jump to a 4-inch display with the iPhone 5.

Along the way, the resolution changed three times, forcing developers to update old software and design for multiple screen types. A move to a larger display with a similar pixel density would likely bring another such change, CNet says.

Altohugh the report says it’s unclear if Apple will ultimately release these large-screen iPhones, but it wouldn’t be surprising if the Cupertino, Calif., tech giant did.

Nearly every Apple rival sells phones with screen sizes much larger than the one found on the iPhone 5. In recent years, many top devices have come out with screens larger than 5 inches and, in some cases, 6 inches.

So the rumours suggest that Apple is shifting its smartphone strategy in response to increased competition from its South Korean rival Samsung, which has released numerous products in different sizes and prices in order to cater to a broad swath of customers – particularly in India and China.

The iPhones for 2014 will probably feature big screen iPhones, with Apple more likely to focus on a 4.8 inch iPhone although a iPhone 6 inch screen isn’t out of the question.

The screen sizes of the two iPhones that Apple is unveiling next Tuesday aren’t expected to change, people familiar with the matter have said

For the iPhone 5S Apple is upgrading to iOS 7, which incorporates a new interface and also Apple iTunes Radio.

The latest Apple iPhone 5S and 6 rumors say Apple is expected to upgrade to a faster processor, improved retina display, NFC support, 4G, 802.11ac wireless networking, and a also introduce colored versions called the iPhone 5C.

One of the more controvertial features expected in the iPhone 5S is a fingerprint sensor, which could be used for unlocking the homescreen or confirming identity for payment from the App Store or other outlets.

The iPhone 5C will be a lower-cost model with a plastic cover that comes in a variety of colours, if reports are correct. Apple is also widely rumoured to be adding a gold colour option for its forthcoming iPhone 5S, rumors suggest.

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