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Reuters sources say Apple considering larger iPhones for 2014

updated 09:31 am EDT, Thu June 13, 2013

Device could grow as large as 5.7 inches

Apple is considering a range of possible options for expanding its iPhone lineup in 2014, say four sources for Reuters, some of which are said to be with Asian suppliers. The people claim that Apple is considering two bigger iPhone sizes, including 4.7- and 5.7-inch dimensions. Suppliers have reportedly been approached with plans for the bigger screens, but whether or not they'll make it into shipping products is uncertain. "They constantly change product specifications almost to the final moment, so you're not really sure whether this is the final prototype," one source says.

Apple may feel pressured to offer a larger iPhone based on industry trends. While the iPhone 5 pushed iPhone sizes from 3.5 inches to 4, the device is still dwarfed by many competing smartphones. Its main competition, the Samsung Galaxy S4, has a 5-inch display, and the Galaxy Note II is even larger at 5.5 inches.

Turning to late 2013, one source says that Apple is considering a $99 pricetag for the low-cost iPhone, but that a launch could slip to 2014. In the meantime Apple is expected to launch a new flagship -- commonly known as the iPhone 5S -- with fingerprint recognition technology built in.

Two sources say that test production for 2013 flagship and low-cost iPhones is expected to start in July. Mass production will allegedly ramp up in August for a September launch. "Trial production was originally planned to start in June, but the mixing of colors is taking longer than expected as Apple has very high and idealistic standards," one Asian source comments. The person expects that 20 million low-cost iPhones, fitted with plastic backs in different colors, will ship in the December quarter.

Sharp, Japan Display, and LG Display will reportedly supply panels for the 5S and the low-cost iPhone. Hon Hai/Foxconn is seen assembling the 5S, while Pegatron handles duties for its cheaper sibling.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. pairof9s

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: 01-03-08

    A slightly larger screen would be welcomed (but for Pete's sake, not Fisher-Price 5.5 inches!!)...I could use a 4.5", let's say.

  1. wrenchy

    Forum Regular

    Joined: 11-03-09

    LOL! I guess Samsung, LG, HTC and all the other larger phone makers were right.

  1. Stuke

    Junior Member

    Joined: 02-11-05

    Is this really news? Wouldn't a device maker always be "considering" design changes for next gen products? Really, what value did this story bring?

  1. lvavila

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 01-21-11

    Really? Yes Apple, Samsung and other are considering everything.. Apple wants to expand, Apple feels the pressure. Please say something of meaning and substance. Quit guessing.

  1. panjandrum

    Junior Member

    Joined: 12-01-04

    I'm sure there is a market for this. Some people DO in fact like much larger phones. Personally, I can't stand the things, but people are entitled to want/like/prefer something different. As long as Apple doesn't stop making phones in the current size then I don't see anything wrong with this. It may allow Apple to snag those persons who would otherwise purchase an iPhone but would like a bigger screen. It might also be nice for the elderly and visually impaired, if there is an option to run the screen at a lower resolution and have it scaled up (similar to running your computer's screen at a lower resolution - not ideal in terms of picture quality, but necessary for a portion of the population).

  1. smacker

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    Joined: 04-24-03

    What about a smaller Version? I for one would love a kind of iPhone Nano. The iPhone is a great device but since my phone is left in the pocket most of the time it needs to be small an light. I use a Sony Ericsson X10 mini right now.

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