Apple may switch up iPhone sizes again next year


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Is Apple planning a new iPhone display size for next year?
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The new iPhone X isn’t even out yet, but already the rumor mill is starting to churn about what Apple plans to offer for next year’s 2018-era iPhone refresh.

The report suggests that Apple is ditching plans to produce an 5.28 inch OLED iPhone, and instead to have its handsets start at 5.85 inches. The three iPhones for next year will therefore reportedly come in screen sizes of 5.85 inches, 6.4 inches, and an unspecified model also in excess of 6 inches.

Where this report diverges from previous reports about next year’s iPhones is by claiming that, rather than embracing OLED displays for all three models, Apple’s new unspecified handset will boast an LCD display. Apple has reportedly already placed panel orders for this device with LCD producer Japan Display.

While the overwhelming interest in Apple’s OLED iPhone X, and the comparative lack of interest in the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, may suggest that Apple will want to ditch LCD displays as soon as possible, the idea that Apple will continue making LCD handsets next year has been mentioned before. A report from March states that we would have to wait until 2019 before all of Apple’s latest handsets used OLED technology, although this has been disputed.

There seems no doubt that the trend is currently toward smartphones with bigger displays. With that said, it would certainly be a departure for Apple to entirely ditch the 4-inch form factor that it has used for years — and which Steve Jobs once suggested was the ideal size for an iPhone.

What’s the biggest size iPhone you would be interested in buying? Do you think Apple would be right to ditch smaller size flagship devices? Leave your comments below.