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Report: Apple mulls 4.7”, 5.7” iPhone screens
By Phil Dzikiy | 06.13.13

Apple is considering releasing two larger iPhones next year, according to Reuters. One phone could have a 4.7-inch screen, and the other would have a 5.7-inch screen, though Reuters’ sources are unclear as to whether either or both would actually come to market. If true, Apple would effectively be entering the “phablet” market, which has been written off by some as impractical despite growing demand. Sources also said test production for the next two iPhones — the iPhone 5S and budget iPhone — will start next month, with an eventual September launch target for both phones. Reuters suggests that the iPhone 5S will have new fingerprint technology, while Apple’s budget iPhone will come in a range of five to six colors. Additionally, Apple has discussed a price of $99 for the low-end iPhone, though it’s noted that the phone’s release “could slip to next year.”

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So Apple is going to start producing “Hummers”? First the iPad mini and now phones you can’t get your hand around?

By Bob Levens on 06.13.13 at 05:12 PM

Isn’t a larger phone almost a “no-brainer?” I notice people using their smart phones more to look at information, especially maps and similar information.  A 5 plus inch phone might be too large for some people to handle easily, a 4.7 inch or slightly larger phone might permit the best balance between usability and portability.

By Singlestick on 06.14.13 at 01:28 PM

@2: It is a no-brainer. Apple attracts their fair share of tech-luddites who feel larger phones negate why *they* happen to love their behind the market standard sized device, but as apps have become more advanced and display more and more information at higher levels of detail, the iPhone 5 sized screen just isn’t cutting it. It’s getting particularly bad with apps that are aimed more at iPads than iPhone/touch sized devices, with the result being an app full of micro text you can barely read.

Either Apple gets with the times and offers phones better suited for consuming more “infodense” content, or Apple faces consumers moving to where they can have their cake and eat it. For some that might mean they stay with Apple and move to an iPad mini for their “smart tech” fix, but for others it’s going to mean jumping ship to a competitor.

By Code Monkey on 06.15.13 at 11:50 AM

I switched to a galaxy note 2, bigger is deinately better.

By Sid on 06.17.13 at 07:17 AM

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