Apple may be considering iPhones with 4.7 and 5.7-inch screens

Apple has been slow and steady at adopting new sizes for all of its devices; everything from its laptops to iPads have all featured nearly identical display sizes over the past few years. While the company has introduced a few variations in size, such as the iPhone 5 and iPad mini, a new report is stating that Apple may be looking to introduce another display size for the iPhone.

According to Reuters, who has a solid track record for nailing this type of information, they are saying that Apple is currently looking into producing an iPhone with a 4.7-inch screen and also a 5.7-inch screen. These devices would both be significantly larger than that of the iPhone 5 which has a 4in display but be a bit smaller than the iPad mini which has a 7.9-inch display.

If true, it looks like Apple may be following Samsung's model of producing many phones at several different display sizes instead of producing one device annually. While the business model may be changing for Apple, Samsung has proven that consumers do want a wide variety of choices for screen sizes and that one device does not fit all consumers needs.

The devices, if they do materialize, are not expected to arrive until 2014.

Source: Reuters

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There is a market for everything. Samsung is building a smaller phone because they realize people don't want such a big phone and on the flip side Apple needs to build a larger iPhone for some people want a bigger phone as well. They should do it.

I will say it now. All the ifans who criticized Samsung for making larger phones, but actually wantbone but refuse to jump and claim they are too big; will all lf a suxden love large devices and say why Apple didnt do it sooner.

I hope they get bigger which obviously they will. Jowever, if Apple again choose non-standard resolutions then what will be the point.

I would also assume right now, the iPhone 6 will have a ful 1080p disay finally while everyone else will be showing off something higher.

They need to go bigger to keep more and more people happy and I suspect their working on OS improvements to handle it all more efficiently, lord knows they have the resources and track record to do this right if they put their mind to it. Never owned an iPhone due to the ecosystem, but can't help but admire some things.

If they drop a bigger screen, I'd probably buy it.

I loaded up an old iPod Touch today, saw all the games on it, and realized how much I missed playing real games.

I should probably get an emulator for my Android...

Apple is always testing different size devices.. and i'm sure this rumour has been floating around for more than 2 years now. Will they ever see the light of day? Who knows.. They are just prototype devices, among a dozen or so others, where one is chosen to move into real-life testing. So far it's always been the same damn 3.5 and 4" size...

I would love a larger iPhone though..

Dashel said,
Those are the choices you have to make sometimes if you want to remain a premium product.
premium has nothing to do with size. Iphones arent lremium. Im fact they never were. They seemed premium when compared to old Palm and WinMo devices amd feature phones and flippers
Now that the playing field is even, its now longer seems that way. The Nkte 2 and gs3 and 4 are way more premium than any iphone and size isnt what makes it so.

False. You hold an iPhone 5, and it feels so much better built than any SG(anything)

The Nokia Lumia is the only other phone I can genuinely say feels sturdy in hand. And let's be honest, if you look at the typical owner of an iPhone (at least here in the US) the median income for these individuals is fairly high. One could call that a "premium" device. While I'm not an Apple fanboy (per se) just the overall products look, feel, and are much better built than their competitors.

neuroticdave said,
False. You hold an iPhone 5, and it feels so much better built than any SG(anything)

The Nokia Lumia is the only other phone I can genuinely say feels sturdy in hand. And let's be honest, if you look at the typical owner of an iPhone (at least here in the US) the median income for these individuals is fairly high. One could call that a "premium" device. While I'm not an Apple fanboy (per se) just the overall products look, feel, and are much better built than their competitors.

I am not arguing whther glass and metal feel better than plastic.
But if this is your only metric of what premium is than you really have no idea. The Lumia is also plastic.

The difference is Samsung chose to use a modular design, which helps the phone score high for repairability. What cares what they feel like if you have to put a big ugly case on it? You wont be feeling it anymore...right?

I don't hate plastic. We had plastic phones and computers for years. All of a sudden APple chooses to use something different and you all think the product is 100% better when it isn't. The outside is important, but what you are paying for is inside. I could care less what its made out of. I buy it for what I do on it, not to wear as an accessory.

iPhone is to easy to damage, even from just sliding it in and out your pocket which always scuffs the cheap metal and cheap coating. Its not premium...you just think it is.

I have yet to put a case on my iPhone (other than to change the look a bit, but I own a cheap $5 slip on case) to 'protect it.'

Ironically, prior to typing this, I dropped my phone in my room as it was ringing and I was dashing to pick up the call. Not a single scratch, mark, crack, nothing. While I will agree the initial bunch was a nightmare, since then they have put up very well with my abuse.

The Lumia feels sturdy, rigid, durable. You bend it from end to end and it gives little way. You do the same to the iPhone, and it goes nowhere. You do that to the SG4, and an average strength man (like myself) can snap it in half with little effort.

And if we want to speak about internals, let's talk about the plethora of processors the SG line needs to throw inside their phones to make them run properly. Why can the iPhone run smoother with less? Why does it's camera lack so many features, yet generally gets better scores for picture taking? Why is the iPhones lack of a 19.4" screen still make it one of, if not the best screen on the market?

We will agree to disagree.

4.7" is good. But I don't understand the 5.7" phablets that are coming out. How do people even carry those? Those would probably not fit in most pockets very well and it would probably even take up a lot of purse space.

I don't have trouble with my Galaxy note 5.3". Also, i use for internet, watch movies and read pdf so, for thats purpose, anything lower is a burden.

Oh apple, you crack me up...and your iSheep marketshare will certainly purchase this and be all over it like stank on poo

Sszecret said,
God I hope that's sarcasm....

That was a remark made by senior vice president Phil Schiller during Apple's keynote at WWDC this week.

Yes, it was sarcasm. Samsung releases large screen phones. Tech press laugh. People actually buy them. Bigger screens become the default. Apple final follows the herd. Can't innovate any more my ass.

Rafyelzz said,
And that will revolutionary again, and not just that, it will be the perfect size for your thumb! (again).

right! when the 5 came out, i pressed all my friends who love the iphone and had them all saying that the 5 is the perfect size, and they wouldn't like it if it had a bigger screen. I can't wait to see them backpeddle about how great the bigger screen is...

No, they just buy all multiple versions with all sizes of screen and will say that they use devices with different screen sizes in appropriate situations. Like iPad and iPad mini.

anonymf said,
No, they just buy all multiple versions with all sizes of screen and will say that they use devices with different screen sizes in appropriate situations. Like iPad and iPad mini.

Which, IMO, is true: I have a 11" Tablet convertible as a portable computer I carry with me when I travel; a 4.5" smartphone, Lumia 920 btw, I carry with me all the time and I plan to buy a 7" Surface to use as an agenda, kind of an electronic Filofax to carry with me for business. In other words I would not carry it if I go out, at night, for a date when I would carry only my phone. So yes, multiple sizes devices serve different situations.

Read this earlier. Would be surprised if they did this. Hope they make the phone wider a well, and just not longer like the 5.

techbeck said,
Read this earlier. Would be surprised if they did this. Hope they make the phone wider a well, and just not longer like the 5.

Yea, I would be surprised too , but I think they will use the same manufacturing module in their macbook line maybe ?