Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) may have already developed the long-awaited large-screen iPhone indicate the latest rumors out of Asia, reports Apple Insider. According to “insiders” cited by China’s Ctech website, Apple has started testing a 4.9-inch “iPhone 6” prototype.
Ctech’s sources reported that the larger screen size will be implemented on Apple’s next flagship iPhone model. On the other hand, the sources were unsure if the new 4.9-inch size screen would also be used for the next iteration of the iPhone 5C. However, the website speculated that Apple would likely use the larger screen size for both new models in order to avoid “fragmentation.”
This is only the latest of multiple rumors that have recently emerged about a possible increase in Apple’s iPhone screen sizes. The Wall Street Journal reported in September that Apple was testing screen sizes that ranged from 4.8 inches to 6 inches. As noted by Apple Insider, well-connected KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also recently predicted an iPhone screen size boost.
Last month, a research note from NPD DisplaySearch analyst David Hsieh predicted that Apple will release a 4.7-inch screen iPhone, as well as a “phablet” size iPhone with a 5.7-inch display in 2014. Both devices would feature higher-resolution displays, including a 1280×720 resolution for the 4.7-inch iPhone and a 1920×1080 resolution for the 5.7-inch iPhone.
More recently, Tim Culpan at Bloomberg cited an unnamed insider source earlier this month that reported that both of Apple’s next iPhone iterations will feature larger screens with displays that curve down over the edge of the devices. However, his source reported that one model will have a 4.7-inch screen and the other will feature a phablet-sized 5.5-inch screen. Bloomberg’s source also noted that Apple is developing a pressure-detecting sensor technology for its screens.
Samsung (SSNLF.PK), Apple’s biggest rival in the smartphone market, has long used its varied smartphone product line to attract customers who are looking for different sizes of devices in various price ranges. Samsung first pioneered the phone-tablet hybrid market with its Galaxy Note phablet devices.
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