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Apple Working on Larger Screen Sizes for Next iPhone

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Further rumours are adding strength to the expectations that Apple will finally break out of its 4 inch prison and deliver an iPhone handset with a screensize closer to those offered by its increasingly popular rivals.

Apple started with a 3.5-inch screen, and seemingly reluctantly upgraded to a 4-inch model a couple of years ago. However, at the time, rivals were already routinely offering handsets with screen sizes in excess of 5-inches, and even larger phablets.

Apple has started to look increasingly left-behind in the screen size stakes.

Apart from the sheer expanse offered by larger screens, the manufacturer is also able to spread out the electronics, resulting in a flattening of the smartphone to make them ever thinner.

Citing the usual "people familiar with the matter", the Wall Street Journal has added to the rumours by saying that Apple is indeed working on at least two new iPhones that will come with larger screens.

Both of the new phones are expected to come with the same metal casings used on the existing iPhone 5S, suggesting that the company's experiment with cheaper plastic cases for the 5C model is over.

The new phones are expected to come with either a 4.5-inch screen, and a larger version that will be an unspecified size, but of at least 5 inches.

The two new handsets are expected to be shown off in the second half of the year, which fits fairly well with Apple's usual timescale. However, the report noted that the larger screen is still being developed and is not formally signed out yet.

On the web: Wall Street Journal

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