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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:13 AM   #1
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Two New iPhones With Screens Larger Than 4.5" and 5" Coming This Year




The next generation of iPhones, expected to be released this fall, will include new phones with significantly larger screens, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. It's been widely expected that Apple will launch an iPhone with a larger screen, but this is the first solid indication that Apple could be launching phones in multiple screen sizes, including in the larger "phablet" market.

The report says that Apple will not continue the plastic-shelled body of the iPhone 5c, and will instead have two models with metal outer casings similar to the current iPhone 5s. It's possible that Apple will continue offering two "new" lines of phones with the new lineup, offering a flagship phone with the largest screen -- one more than 5-inches diagonally -- and offering a step-down model with a screen size larger than 4.5-inches diagonally.

5.5-inch Samsung Galaxy Note II vs. iPhone 5 (Source: phoneArena.com)
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Facing competition from rivals offering smartphones with bigger screens, Apple Inc. plans larger displays on a pair of iPhones due for release this year, people familiar with the situation said.

The people said Apple plans an iPhone model with a screen larger than 4 inches measured diagonally, and a second version with a display bigger than 5 inches. Until now, Apple's largest phone has been the 4-inch display on the iPhone 5.

Both new models are expected to feature metal casings similar to what is used on the current iPhone 5S, with Apple expected to scrap the plastic exterior used in the iPhone 5C, these people said.
The report notes that Apple will not be using a curved display in its units -- something that had been previously rumored -- and that the iPhone 5c has seen weaker-than-expected demand. Instead, it appears the iPhone 5s has seen significant demand that analysts had expected to see go to the more inexpensive iPhone 5c.

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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:14 AM   #2
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Wow 5" really? That's huge.
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:14 AM   #3
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:15 AM   #4
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i seriously hope it gets released with a bigger screen
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:15 AM   #5
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what this i'm hearing? isamsung?
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:15 AM   #6
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:16 AM   #7
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Wow! Can't wait for a massive screen! The ONE thing I envy of Android. But, dropping the 5c already? Maybe Apple think it was a mistake?

Bring on the bigger iPhones!
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:16 AM   #8
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Interesting. WSJ has been pretty reliable in the past and nothing in this article seems too unlikely.

I wonder what the differentiating factor between those two devices will be if both have large screens though.

I initially thought they would release two iPhone 6's (iPhone 6 4-inch and iPhone 6 5-inch) with the same specs (think iPad mini Retina vs iPad Air).

Now I'm thinking they might have different specs. Perhaps iPhone Air and iPhone Pro?
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:16 AM   #9
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really?

This is first i've heard of larger iPhones, it's going to be a long 9 months!
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:16 AM   #10
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lol @ 5c buhahaha @ Apple for thinking it would be so "amazing", bigger LOL at those who bought it... now give me a 4.7" or bigger iPhone please..

Waiting for those to complain and ask me to make a better product than Apple...

Waiting for those to complain that anything over 4" is too big...

Waiting for those to complain about my post in general...
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:16 AM   #11
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Well, I'll be going for the 4.7/4.8 model. Over 5 is just too big. I can't use a S4 comfortably one handed.
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:16 AM   #12
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I wouldn't mind a 4.5"-5" iPhone with zero bezel to keep the case as small as possible. Move the camera to the side to shrink the top and bottom bezels while your at it.
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:17 AM   #13
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Finally. My girlfriend has the Galaxy Note 3, and my iPhone 5 looks so tiny next to it. I don't want a phone quite that large, so the smaller of the two will be the one I go with. Something the size of the Galaxy S4 would be perfect.
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:18 AM   #14
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Wow 5" really? That's huge.
The analyst claimed that the phone would be bigger then 5".
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:18 AM   #15
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I think the iPhone 5C's place in history will be next to the fat iPod Nano and the iPod with the buttons on the top of the click wheel.

As for screen size, I'm not clamoring for it, but as long as the device physically doesn't get any taller, and there's a resolution bump, I'm OK with it. I don't want a device that's harder to hold with a worse PPI and no extra screen real estate.
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:18 AM   #16
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if it's the wall st journal then it's gonna happen..
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:18 AM   #17
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Why don't they just add phone functionality to an ipad mini?

And while they're at it, add it to the iMac
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:18 AM   #18
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Same rumor.

But do like the possiblilty of having the multiple form factors for the latest release of the iPhone.

This with the rumored new iPad/iPad Pro, i-watch could make for an exicting year.
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I hope they have one with EQ power and features in the current size. I am not interested in a bigger iPhone.
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:20 AM   #20
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what this i'm hearing? isamsung?
I've got to admit, as much as we say Samsung copies Apple, these rumoured screen sizes are reminiscent of something Samsung introduced a long time ago. I love Apple to pieces anyway and anything Samsung can do, Apple can do better. For one, I am thoroughly looking forward to having a big phone! I deliberately went for an iPad Air this year because I suspected the iPhone would be getting bigger and would make the iPad mini less useful - for me.
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:20 AM   #21
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This is a pretty solid rumor given that it is from the Wall Street Journal. Makes sense given the competition.

I for one welcome a slightly larger screen, but I am not sure about a phone over 5". I like one handed use. The 4.8" one seems fairly enticing.
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I hope they have one with EQ power and features in the current size. I am not interested in a bigger iPhone.
You are going to have to go with the larger size if you want the latest iPhone.

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God if they have the bigger model as the flagship I will be ****ing mad
Many people will be upset but that's the nature of change.
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Well, I'll be going for the 4.7/4.8 model. Over 5 is just too big. I can't use a S4 comfortably one handed.
I will have to see the new larger phone before I decide, but I wouldn't mind a larger screen.
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God if they have the bigger model as the flagship I will be ****ing mad
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TWO new screen sizes? Nah, they won't do that.

Where's my check?
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