Apple set to release bigger-screen iPhones, report says

January 24, 2014
This picture taken on January 14, 2014, shows an Apple iPhone advertised in a China Mobile store in Shanghai

Apple is planning to release two new versions of its iPhones with larger screens this year to meet competition from rival handset makers, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

The report, which follows rumors circulating for several weeks on technology blogs, indicates Apple will come out with the two devices in the second half of 2014.

It said one will have a screen larger than 4.5 inches (11.4 centimeters) diagonally, compared with the four-inch display on current iPhones.

A second model will have a display bigger than five inches, according to the report, which said both would have metal casings.

But Apple will not be using curved displays used by some rivals including Samsung and LG of South Korea.

The news comes amid broad success of large-screen smartphones, sometimes called "phablets" because they combine the features of a phone and tablet computer.

Samsung's Galaxy Note series, with a 5.7-inch display, is one example of a successful phablet.

Juniper Research forecast this week that shipments of phablets will breach 120 million units by the year 2018. An estimated 20 million phablets were shipped last year, according to Juniper.

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1 / 5 (1) Jan 24, 2014
This is de-evolution of a product line. The competition doesn't produce smaller form factors because they cant fit the technology in a smaller form factor. Its like saying a heavier bigger car with similar specs is better. With iOS 7, they ticked off a lot of people. I hope they still provide smaller form factors or they will start loosing market share trying to follow non-competitive competition. This is unlike Apple to follow, big mistake.
not rated yet Jan 25, 2014
The competition doesn't produce smaller form factors because they cant fit the technology in a smaller form factor.

This trend is driven by the end user wanting a big display, the rest of the 'technology' can already fit into a phone too small to use comfortably.

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