Apple Looking at 6-Inch iPhone Screens: Report

Wall Street Journal says company has test models

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 5, 2013 7:40 PM CDT

(Newser) – Apple releases its new iPhones on Tuesday, and while they might come in different colors, you can safely expect the screens to remain at 4 inches. But maybe not for long: The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple is toying with the idea of offering bigger screens down the road—ranging from 4.8 inches to 6 inches high. The story says it's by no means a certainty, but the company already has test models out. This wouldn't be a huge surprise, writes Mark Rogowsky at Forbes, who explains that the "phablet" market is growing quickly.

For the uninitiated, "phablet" refers to the hybrid of phones and tablets—with the phones getting bigger and the tablets getting smaller. Samsung, for example, just unveiled its Galaxy Note 3 with a 5.7-inch screen. "Next week’s iPhone isn’t slated to address the hole in the product lineup, but with some of Apple’s most loyal customers jumping ship for Android and its big-screen phones (in fact, that’s probably the main reason people do), it increasingly has no choice," writes Rogowsky.

File photo of an iPhone.
File photo of an iPhone.   (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)
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