Rumor: iPhone 6 may have two different screen sizes

Concept render of the new iPhone.

 

Apple may be trying to compete with phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note III if a new rumor that the iPhone 6 will have two different screen size options is accurate.

The Japanese newspaper Nikkei has reported that Apple suppliers in East Asia have already started to manufacture sensors and display ports for this new addition to the Apple family, which could be released as soon as September. Nikkei's report claims the phone will likely be released in 4.7- and 5.5-inch variants, which would both be noticeably larger than the current iPhone's 4-inch screen.

Many have speculated that, because of the battle of screen sizes, Apple might be creating a new iPhone with a screen larger than 5 inches, although a well-connected analyst by the name of Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities says otherwise. Kuo, an accurate source of similar information in the past, claims that Apple won’t actually increase the size of the iPhone’s screen, but instead Apple is continuing its focus on making product that can be easily used with one hand.

Although the new iPhone’s screen won’t be bigger, Kuo claims that the screens resolution will be “significantly higher” than the current Retina Display's of 326 PPI. Many companies, such as Sharp, Japan Display and LG, are expected to take part in producing the iPhone 6’s Retina Display.

Along with rumors such as a higher resolution Retina Display, the new iPhone is rumored to have a sapphire-coated display, reduced bezel design (such as the Galaxy S4), along with other far-fetched rumors, though little concrete evidence has been provided.

Source: Nikkei via AppleInsider | Image via TechFaster

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I really doubt the iPhone will come in varying screen sizes. Maybe a larger one near the size of the Galaxy and other Android phones, but it just doesn't seem to fit in to their pricing model/strategy that they use. If they do, then it would be a pretty sure sign that their competitors are taking a larger share of their consumer base then they are letting on and they can't keep up with their monopolistic pricing strategies.

If the phone looks like the picture in this article than I'm not worried about multiple screen size. I'll just buy this one.

Screw this nonsense! I want an iPad with phone capabilities built in with a handle on the back so I can securely hold it, while making a call.

Seriously though, My 920's screen is starting to look small too me, now. I'd be fine with a 1520 size screen and his when its time to upgrade. I spend more time browsing the net on my phone than my PC these days.

I don't see them offering 2 different sizes. More likely the 4.7" version. The 5.5" would be too big imo unless they increased the resolution which I don't think they are going to do.

They should just come out with a 5" and a 6" and just be done with it. People are buying a lot of phones that are larger than the iPhone. I know that was one of my determining factors when I bought my windows phone... plus I wanted the nicer camera. I do not regret my decision at all.

warwagon said,
umm .. no. I don't want to look retarded holding a 6 inch phone next to my head. 4.7 is perfect.

A good advice is to not give a toss what people may or may not think about you

pallipdrsn0 said,

A good advice is to not give a toss what people may or may not think about you

It's not just that. It would be a pain in the ass to carry around in your pocket. I LOVED my 4 inch incredible 2 ... it was the perfect size.

pallipdrsn0 said,
A good advice is to not give a toss what people may or may not think about you

There's a whole website dedicated to that ya know. I think they call it People of Walmart? :laugh:

I'll just wait until some iPhone fans comes here and tells us that the 4.7 inch or 5.5 inch screen size is the best screen size on a mobile phone after / if those are released lol.

Yeah, just wait for it. It's going to happen.

Your comment sounds like the typical bait to start an unnecessary argument. You like your Windows phone, some like their Android phones, and some like their Apple phones. Let's give it a rest already.

JHBrown said,
Your comment sounds like the typical bait to start an unnecessary argument. You like your Windows phone, some like their Android phones, and some like their Apple phones. Let's give it a rest already.
I think he is referencing to Apple-fanboys that claim that the 3,5 inch screen size in the iPhone is the perfect one and all other phones with a higher or lower screen size are crap. That is something we've also seen when Apple moved from 3 inch to 3,5: first the 3 inch screen was perfect and anything below or above it was crap, until the iPhone got a bigger screen size and suddenly, 3,5 was awesome...

Exynos said,
I'll just wait until some iPhone fans comes here and tells us that the 4.7 inch or 5.5 inch screen size is the best screen size on a mobile phone after / if those are released lol.

Even the current 4 inches are too large for comfortable one-handed usage. They need to return to the iPhone 4 screen size. It was perfect.

Studio384 said,
I think he is referencing to Apple-fanboys that claim that the 3,5 inch screen size in the iPhone is the perfect one and all other phones with a higher or lower screen size are crap. That is something we've also seen when Apple moved from 3 inch to 3,5: first the 3 inch screen was perfect and anything below or above it was crap, until the iPhone got a bigger screen size and suddenly, 3,5 was awesome...
Got it!

CJEric said,

Even the current 4 inches are too large for comfortable one-handed usage. They need to return to the iPhone 4 screen size. It was perfect.

The screen will be so small then that i and many many others will damage our eyes and get 70% blind before we are 40 years old. You will put your eyes into extreme strains to be able to see something on the screen as long as you don't put your phone to your nose to be able to see something on the screen.

A smartphone is a tool that's supposed to help you will all kind of stuffs, and before it can do that in a very good / professional way, you have to use a bigger screen. This is a fact. Try to do any serious stuffs on a 3.5 / 4 inch screen and you will see what i'm talking about. You can probably get some of those things done, but it will be extremely difficult.

EDIT: You have to use 2 hands to be able to use multi-touch anyways, so what are the point by using it with one hand?

So you can be able to write SMS'es while driving?

It would make no sense to keep the screen size the same, but increase the resolution. That would be absolutely pointless. Would they include a magnifying glass?

I don't think you understood what I said...
There's no point in increasing the resolution on an already small screen. All it does is make things look smaller, which again, is pointless on a small screen. Get it?

I don't think you got what I said either. You do realize that the higher the DPI is the higher you have to make the resolution (eg. think 1920x1080 on a 5 inch screen with a high dpi) to keep things looking sharp.

Umm... that's exactly what I've said in my last 2 comments. See where I mentioned the word "resolution", and notice that I said "increase" in both cases. Again, you're misunderstanding what I said...

Astra.Xtreme said,
Umm... that's exactly what I've said in my last 2 comments. See where I mentioned the word "resolution", and notice that I said "increase" in both cases. Again, you're misunderstanding what I said...
Ugh, it doesn't make anything smaller on a High DPI screen, it makes it sharper...

Matthew S. said,
Ugh, it doesn't make anything smaller on a High DPI screen, it makes it sharper...

300 dpi and 800 dpi will look almost identical. I'll say it again... it's pointless.
If they don't make the screen bigger, they certainly aren't going to boost the dpi for the sake of a bigger number. There is zero benefit.

I doubt the two size rumour. How would Apple price this? the 4.7" would have to be in the same price as the current iphone line up but the bigger being at least $100 would put it way above note series or similar Z ultra etc.

d4diesel said,
I doubt the two size rumour. How would Apple price this?

What difference does it make? The sheeps will buy both anyway.

Apple would truly have something revolutionary if it was one model of phone that could magically change size.

"Trying to compete" is that another term for trying to catch up? Extra screen area should mean more breakages than ever!

trip21 said,
"Trying to compete" is that another term for trying to catch up? Extra screen area should mean more breakages than ever!

No, it means compete in the same range; for example: devices in the high end range and ones in the lower range or 4"/4.5" screens and 5/5.5 and up ones. The trend lately seems to be "bigger is better".....

Apple is never going to catch Android. Google already won that war.

Apple is concerned with increasing their bottom line. So if that means making a few different screen sizes, then so be it.

If Windows Phone could ever just "breakthrough," I think it could be a formidable challenger to Android... but it's going to require other OEMs to really put some effort into it... as well as the carriers.

cybersaurusrex said,
Apple is never going to catch Android. Google already won that war.

The war for any business is to make money. With that in mind, Apple clearly won the war because they have the lion's share of profit from phone sales, and their App store has proven to bring more money into developers' pockets.