Reuters: Apple Considering Bigger iPhones With 4.7-Inch & 5.7-Inch Displays

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While competing smartphone manufacturers are producing devices in a whole host of different sizes, Apple’s iPhone has had only two screen sizes in its six-year history. But according to four sources with knowledge of Apple’s plans, who have been speaking to Reuters, the Cupertino company is “considering” iPhones with 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch displays.

It is also said to be working on a cheaper iPhone that will come in a range of different colors.

Tim Cook hinted at the possibility of a bigger iPhone during his interview at D11 back in May. He said that Apple has focused its energy on getting just one iPhone right since the device was launched in 2007, and that it hasn’t become confused by producing multiple lines.

But “that doesn’t shut off the future,” he added, before acknowledging that some consumers prefer bigger smartphone displays than those Apple is currently offering with the iPhone.

Now Apple is said to be discussing larger iPhones that could help it better compete with rivals like Samsung, which currently owns the “phablet” market with its Galaxy Note devices.

“Apple is looking at introducing at least two bigger iPhones next year – one with a 4.7-inch screen and one with a 5.7-inch screen,” Reuters reports. Sources claim that Apple has approached suppliers for larger screens, but they note it’s still unclear whether the company will actually ship a bigger device.

“They constantly change product specifications almost to the final moment, so you’re not really sure whether this is the final prototype,” one of them said.

A device Apple seems more likely to produce is a cheaper iPhone, which will give those with a tighter budget the chance to own a smartphone powered by iOS, and allow Apple to compete in emerging markets. According to Reuters, the device could cost just $99, and it could come in a range of 5-6 different colors.

It’s thought the cheaper iPhone will be made from plastic — much like the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS — with older internals that will help keep costs low. Apple is expected to launch this device alongside the iPhone 5S this fall.

  • wdowell

    Everything in the new UX seems far more scalable. From the way the apps sweep in and out, and the various bugs or funny buttons on the screen, the lack of graphical buttons making it easier to move up and down and reposition, lend me to think there will be more scaling going on in the future.

  • joewaylo

    The size looks wrong. Bulky ratio. Plus they downgraded our current 5 rows to 4 rows. I would imagine the correct ratio would make it 5 rows and 5 columns.

  • technochick

    Or they aren’t because they added audio only FaceTime to iOS 7 which will run in the iPad mini so if you want a bigger screen use that.

    Not Apple’s fault they offered FaceTime as an open standard and no one wanted to grab it

  • CharilaosMulder

    5.7″ Thats impossible

  • VirtualVisitor

    I have an iPad which takes two hands to use, but I will NEVER get a smartphone that takes 2 hands to use; shopping, biking, carrying a child, cooking, etc – you NEED a phone with a screen small enough to use one-handed. The iPhone 5 is almost too big already for me, and definitely too big for my wife and son (who retain their iPhone 4s)

  • rigit_digit

    I don’t get why people hate on the idea of a larger iPhone. It would be nice if they offered a larger iPhone for those of use with larger hands. We hold in one hand, navigate in the other. I like the size of the Samsung, but prefer the Apple ecosystem.

    As long as they continue to offer the 4 & 5 sizes, what difference does it make. You dont like the bigger one, dont buy it.

    Apple would be silly to not offer multiple sizes of the phone in order to get any and everyone to use one. Personally, I think they need to do something like S M L in iPhone sizes – just like buying a shirt. You are not going to buy a small shirt when you are 6 ft tall and weight 200 lbs. I guess you could but you’d look like a tool.

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