Apple Prepping Larger 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch iPhones (Report)


Tim Cook referred to iOS 7 as the biggest change since the introduction of the original iPhone, but Apple’s next smartphone may shake things up even further. Apple is reportedly larger iPhones, one with a 4.7-inch display (much larger than today’s 4-inch LCD) and a 5.7-inch model. That’s phablet territory.

According to Reuters, Apple is also working on a cheaper $99 iPhone that will be available in 5 to 6 different colors. This move doesn’t come as much of a surprise, given that Apple introduced several color options on the latest iPod touch. The device would come in a plastic casing, as opposed to the more premium glass-and-aluminum iPhone 5. 

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The report also mentions the familiar rumor of a biometric fingerprint sensor for the iPhone 5S, although Apple has yet to confirm or deny any plans. 

This information hasn’t been confirmed by Apple, but CEO Tim Cook didn’t rule out the possibility of an iPhone with a larger screen at the D11 conference. “We haven’t so far,” Cook said. “That doesn’t shut off the future.”

Suggestions that Apple may be preparing to diversify its smartphone portfolio come after analysts have criticized the iPhone-maker for doing just the opposite. “It cannot afford to ignore the trend for larger displays in premium smartphones,”  Pete Cunningham, principal analyst at Canalys said to Focus Taiwan.

Test production for both versions of these alleged iPhones are expected to begin next month, and mass production could kick off in August to meet a September launch. 

via Reuters

Lisa Eadicicco
Lisa Eadicicco
Lisa has been reporting on all things mobile for since early 2013. When she’s not reviewing gadgets, she’s usually browsing patent databases or interviewing experts to track down the hottest tech trends before they even happen. Lisa holds a B.A. in Journalism from SUNY Purchase and has contributed to The International Business Times, The New York Daily News and Guitar World Magazine.
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  1. Rueuhy Says:

    Is it possible, even remotely possible, there will be no new screen size or phone size and apple is just feeding a trickle of tidbits for websites such as this to feed to the public for the financial aspect of selling off their old batch of phones? Give the crowd a teaser of what may be possible, put the iPhone brand in the minds of the public, discount (imagine the savings Wilma, we’re gonna finally be able to afford the iPhone 4S) and then give us a new operating system upgrade and a couple of whistles with a new and improved iPhone? Continue slopping up the grub in the trough. I’ll continue using my HTC ONE.

  2. keith Says:

    Gee, who would want that? I mean, who wants to walk around with a hummer in your pocket? (I wonder who said that first at crApple?) Well thank goodness that they are not doing this to just build something that will sell, and try & reverse their market price “correction”. Or, maybe these bigger phones will do something novel? Nah, crApple is now just looking for a way to sue any manufacturer of large screen size products……

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