A bigger iPhone has been rumored for many years, and we got that in the form of the iPhone 5 (and its successors, the 5S and 5C, obviously). But in the past couple of years, the mobile world has become even more enamored with big smartphone screens. After all, a year before Apple finally decided to go beyond 3.5 inches, Samsung was unveiling the 5.3-inch original Galaxy Note that changed everything (after being laughed at by many for quite some time).
As devices with 5.3-inch screens become the norm for the high-end space, at least in the Android world, Apple is still trapped in a 4-inch mindset. That will certainly change – because it has to. And since this year we should be getting a proper iPhone 6, and not just an “S” variant, it stands to reason that Apple will finally go even bigger in 2014.
And thankfully, we’re not seeing any signs (read: rumors) about it doing so incrementally, to 4.2 or 4.3 inches or something like that. Just a few days ago we told you that Apple may release two new iPhones, one with a 4.7″ screen, and the other being a true phablet with a 5.7″ display.
Today a report from WSJ comes to confirm this, in a way. It speaks about Apple working on two new handsets. It says they will both be out this year. It claims that one will have a screen size of at least 4.5 inches, and the other’s will be bigger than 5 inches. That’s all well and good, but apparently only the smaller model is in the process of being prepared for mass production at the moment, being further along in development.
The phablet is still in preliminary development stages. Oh, and according to the anonymous sources behind this information, Apple’s plans could change at any time (which is a nice thing to say if you don’t want people to question your accuracy in such reports).
A 4.5-inch iPhone (or even 4.7-inch) does sound believable for a 2014 release, but going all-in the phablet market so soon strikes me as less plausible.
Sure, every analyst under the sun says it will happen, but analysts like to make stuff up. A lot. This report being from WSJ lends it a bit more credence, though.
One more thing: the plastic casing seen in the iPhone 5C will be dropped, as both rumored models for this year will have metal designs similar to what is used in the currently selling iPhone 5S. That must have been influenced by the pretty bad sales the iPhone 5C got.