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


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.