Here’s the Latest Large-Screen iPhone Rumor
Yet another report claiming to reveal details about Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone plans has emerged on Thursday. According to “people familiar with the situation” cited by the Wall Street Journal, Apple is planning on releasing two new iPhones with larger screen sizes this year. The smaller of the two devices will feature a screen over 4.5 inches, while the other device will have a screen over 5 inches. Both devices will be larger than Apple’s current flagship iPhone 5S that has a 4-inch screen.
The Wall Street Journal’s report offered less specific screen size measurements than what has been predicted by other sources. For example, Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White cited supply chain sources that suggested Apple would unveil 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone screen sizes this year. Although DisplaySearch analyst David Hsieh offered the same screen size predictions as White, he seemed to think that Apple would select to use only one of the two sizes, rather than debuting two new iPhones.
More recently, Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri predicted yet another iPhone screen size this week in a research note obtained by Apple Insider. In the note, Arcuri claimed that Apple has already “locked down” its next iPhone screen size at 4.8 inches.
The Wall Street Journal’s sources also dismissed rumors that the new iPhones would feature curved displays. Tim Culpan at Bloomberg previously cited an unnamed insider source who predicted that Apple’s next iPhone iterations will feature larger screens with displays that curve down over the edge of the devices. Like Cantor Fitzgerald and DisplaySearch, Bloomberg’s source also claimed that one model would have a 4.7-inch screen and the other would feature a phablet-sized 5.5-inch screen. Apple rival Samsung (SSNLF.PK) recently released the Galaxy Round smartphone that features a curved AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) display.