Apple will launch iPhone 6 with 4.5-inch and 5-inch screen this year: WSJ

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We’ve heard several rumors about the iPhone 6 coming in a bigger size, with two variants, and today the WSJ has supported these claims with its own report that says Apple will introduce two iPhone models this year.

One model would have a screen “larger than” 4.5 inches while the other would have a display bigger than 5 inches. From the report:

Facing competition from rivals offering smartphones with bigger screens, Apple Inc. is planning 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 4½ 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 iPhone 5c hasn’t sold as per Apple’s expectations, with the expensive iPhone 5s outselling the device by two. Apple has reportedly cut iPhone 5c orders by 35 percent due to the mismatch in expectations.

WSJ’s report says that Apple will introduce the two new iPhones in the second half of this year, presumably in September, the month Apple typically chooses for an iPhone launch. Contrary to some rumors, however, the iPhone 6 won’t have a curved display. The smaller of the two models is “further along in development” and is about to enter mass production, while the larger iPhone is in “preliminary development.”

A larger screen has been a much-requested feature among iPhone users, and with so many reports, many from reputed outlets like the WSJ, it seems Apple will indeed make the iPhone even bigger this year. Let us know what you think about Apple’s upcoming strategy for the iPhone lineup in the comments below.

Also see: Want to know how an iPhone with a bigger screen would look? Check out these iPhone concepts.

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  • barondebxl

    I’m pretty sure this is accurate. 1straight, Apple has no choice but to tease a bigger iPhone but they won’t go 4.7 inches yet, they wanna have room for.that in the future so 4.7 inches sounds right. Should be very interesting.

  • Tom

    I’ve never been a fan of big screen phones mostly because you had to use the phone with two hands. If Apple can pull out a larger screen iPhone but still keep the one hand usage and pocket feel then I’ll be fine upgrading my iPhone 5s. I don’t want to have to wear cargo shorts to carry my iPhone.

    • TC

      I thought the same until I went from the iPhone to Note3. One hand operation is hard with Note3 but the benefits of the large screen outweighs the loss of one hand operation. But I guess that’s a matter of opinion. Once you get used to the big screen, you really can’t go back to the small screen of the current iPhone. (remember when iPhone first came out, everyone said it was way too big to use it as a phone?) But I gotta say, I didn’t realize how good iOS is until I tried Android. It’s not even close. I will be switching back when the new larger screen iPhone comes out.

      • D.B

        As a guy who switched from the iPhone 5 to the HTC One, screen size is defiantly worth it. And yes, I was the guy who also said I didn’t want a huge phone. But, it wasn’t that bad, pretty good actually. But as for Android vs iOS. I like the freedom and control Android has over the operating system. It will be unstoppable soon. But, as of this moment, the play store sucks pretty hard. No new apps daily, and the quality of many apps suck. That’s about the only thing I miss about iOS. APPS!!! :( But man, the power of a rooted Android running tasker and Google Now is outstanding. Not sure if I’m willing to give it up for a bigger screen iPhone. But, we will see.

    • barondebxl

      Stop wearing the skinny jeans. Apple has no choice but to get a bigger display, that would let them bring new innovations, bigger batteries, better displays ect….You cant keep your 5 s for the next few years otherwise.

    • AppleFan

      And you could be less selfish, people do have different needs. Unless you have tiny hands, it’s such a PITA to do texting and browsing on the current iPhone screens comfortably, especially one handed. Matter of fact, I’m still on a 3GS because of its 2.4 inch wide screen (reasonable size to use it one handed), but with the bigger screens rumors percolating, I’d be happy to get a new iPhone as soon as Apple releases it to the public.

  • jhon

    when out it

  • MICHAEL

    they should make the iphone6 lager screen , we love that

  • MICHAEL

    must we are expecting from apple in the next generation iPhone6 is to make more effort on there camera , Samsung is still leading number 1 best phone shooting on phone ,
    Secondly ,, we don’t want to stress our self putting music or video on iPhone, we need drag and drop files like other phones and free of Bluetooth share to other Android phone. we all waiting for this dream from apple

  • Jeremy Taco Patterson

    I personally like the size of my 5s, but Apple is missing a LOT of sales by not at least giving its customers an option if they want a bigger screen. It’s simple business, if they can make it as well-built as the rest of their products (I see no reason why they wouldn’t) then they will win over a lot of customers who would be iPhone users if not for the lack of a larger display.

  • Giovana

    I have a question, how do you know this will be the iPhone 6 ???

  • Fifa2010

    What are you guys talking of the ios and the android…….the Z30 from blackberry beats both of them outright. I have tried both iphone5 an samsung3 , but when i tried the Z30, I was blown away by this guy. Simply Amazing !!!

    • Gautam

      Haha … Good joke!

      • Fifa2010

        ?? really ? wow !! Choosing to be ignorant is another story ………But trying to flaunt your ignorance is completely a different one.

        • Gautam

          Okay, if you say so. I wonder what you’re doing on an iPhone site.

          • Fifa2010

            ??? Completely bizarre question….But i will answer it anyway………So i have been a blackberry user like most of us ……. The moved to the samsung ……….After getting frustrated with the samsung geekiness and “overtly” customizable phone…….i moved from iphone 5 like most of us in an effort to try the apple fad. This phone has been with me for a yr now and couple months back the home button wouldn’t work (mind you it worked for less than a yr). So it was around the time the so called Z30 from blackberry was announced the winner out of a bunch of phones (http://www.technobuffalo.com/2014/03/24/best-smartphone-readers-choice-mobile-madness-2014/) and i made the jump to a z30. And i have not looked back since then, Glad i made the jump. So no offenses to the iphone cult….but that phone was a waste of time and money, and you sure can be happy with it. As long as apple doesent come up with a ground breaking innovation on the phone like they did in 2007, i have my money someplace else.

          • Fifa2010

            While we are at this topic……..let me ask you, What phones have you tried uptil now, infact what phones have you used extensively till now.