Respected KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims Apple will release an iPhone between 4.5 and 5 inches next year, backing up an earlier rumor that said the company was already testing larger screens. With the market’s top phones all exceeding 4 inches, Apple is getting pressured more and more by the competition to keep pace. And it sure sounds like the company is heeding that pressure.
Even with Apple supposedly testing out new display sizes, it doesn’t confirm anything for next year. However, we’ve heard on numerous occasions that Apple is considering upping the iPhone’s size, so it’s becoming harder to ignore. When you consider most manufacturers have settled on 4.7 inches and above as the new norm, it could be construed by fans as odd for Apple to not look beyond the iPhone’s existing 4-inch form factor.
When a larger iPhone is released, Kuo believes it’ll retain the iPhone 5’s in-cell touchscreen tech, which gives Apple the flexibility to use thinner displays. Thinner displays means thinner devices. Apple has already increased the iPhone’s display size before, so the mere idea isn’t all that ludicrous; under Tim Cook’s helm Apple has demonstrated a level of adaptability to changing market trends. The iPad mini is an example, as is the upcoming cheaper iPhone 5C.
Seeing as the iPhone 5S isn’t even out, it’ll be quite a long time until we know for sure if Apple’s next handset will sport a larger display. But this certainly won’t be the last claim Apple is prepared to go bigger—not by a long shot. That is until the first alleged rear shell leaks out of some secret Chinese factory.