Several news outlets have reported that Apple is indeed working on an iPhone with a larger screen that may launch next year. The latest comes from C Technology, which claims that Apple is testing two new devices, both with larger screens.
The first is next year’s flagship iPhone, presumably the iPhone 6, with a 4.9-inch display. The second is a new iPhone 5c, presumably a plastic follow-up to this year’s model that also has a bigger screen. It’s likely Apple will keep the display sizes the same to make it easier on app developers.
Bloomberg wrote a similar story recently that described two iPhones, though the display sizes differ from C Technology’s report. Bloomberg said Apple is testing 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens, the latter of which would bring Apple into the phablet arena, which it so far has steered away from. The report also said that Apple was working on new pressure sensor technology for the phones, and was considering using curved displays instead of flat panels.
All of this comes amid reports that Apple is also developing a larger iPad for launch next year, possibly with a 12.9-inch screen. Apple has so far done well without paying attention to the larger-screened tablet and phone markets, though perhaps it’s looking to get its feet wet to take on Android competitors such as Samsung and LG.