If you switched from an iPhone to an Android-powered smartphone because you felt a 4-inch display was just too small, then Apple may give you a reason to switch back next year. Several industry experts are predicting that the Cupertino company will step up its pursuit of high-end Android smartphones by finally introducing a larger 5-inch display with the iPhone 6.
The latest claims come from a Japanese report first spotted by PhoneArena, which says next year’s iPhone will feature a 5-inch LG display with a 1920×1080 resolution and 440 pixels-per-inch. This would make the iPhone 6’s display similar in size and pixel density as the Samsung Galaxy S4’s, the Sony Xperia Z1’s, and the HTC Butterfly’s.
The sources also claim that Apple is working to make the handset’s bezels as narrow as it possibly can, so that even with a larger display, the device itself won’t be too large to use comfortably in one hand. They expect the device to launch next September.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard these claims this year. The Wall Street Journal first reported several months ago that Apple was trialling larger iPhone displays for next year’s refresh, and we’ve recently heard the same from a number of analysts, including Peter Misek, Brian White, and Gene Munster.
Admittedly, we usually advise you to take anything these analysts say with a pinch of salt, but I’d suggest we shouldn’t rule out the possibility of a larger iPhone 6 too quickly.
I mentioned in my review of the iPhone 5s last month that this could be the last “high-end” iPhone to stick with a 4-inch display, and that Apple must do something to compete with larger rivals from the likes of Samsung, HTC, Motorola, and LG.
Furthermore, this year saw the release of two new iPhones alongside each other for the first time ever. My theory is that one of those — the premium one — will get bigger, while the slightly cheaper version will remain the same size for the foreseeable future for those who don’t want a larger smartphone.