iPhone 5.7 (T3 magazine concept teaser 001)

A Chinese blog that leaked a few credible Apple parts earlier in the year is out with a new report that’s making the rounds this morning. Apparently, Apple has begun testing upcoming iPhone models with larger screens that go beyond the current four-inch form factor the company inaugurated with the iPhone 5 release a year ago. A large-screen iPhone 6 was mulled before, but this is the first time anyone mentioned an iPhone 5c successor adopting a bigger screen as well.

On the flip side, it’s impossible to take these reports at face value. These things are often misinterpreted and even Tim Cook bothered to urge people not to read too much into such a complex beast as Apple’s supply chain. Moreover, it goes without saying that Apple is constantly experimenting with various form factors, which could explain these rumors…

Chinese-language blog C Technology is reporting that Apple is testing an iPhone 6 prototype with a large screen measuring 4.9 inches diagonally, along with a successor to the iPhone 5c – that one, too, sporting a larger screen.

A reblog of the C Technology story by UnwiredView notes that the original article did not make it clear how big the screen of the iPhone 5c successor will be. I’m puzzled – isn’t this year’s iPhone 5s expected to become next year’s iPhone 5c?

If Apple is in fact testing various screen sizes during the next-gen iPhone development cycle, there’s still no guaranteed that the company will in fact adopt one. The pundits and some outlets seemingly agree that larger iPhones are coming, but the actual form factor remains the main point of contention.

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For starters, China Times was first to mention a 4.8-inch iPhone back in January 2013, matching up nicely with analyst Peter Misek’s December 2012 claim of a 4.8-inch iPhone prototype with Sharp-made IGZO screen. The in June, Reuters said Apple was testing handsets with screens ranging between 4.7 and 5.7-inches.

This prompted both Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal to join iPhablet talk, with their own sources pointing at jumbo-sized iPhones. The Wall Street Journal in mid-July 2013 quoted suppliers as saying that Apple was testing larger screens for iPhones and tablets.

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The publication’s September report added some color to the story as Apple was reportedly developing “something bigger” at the time. “The electronics giant has begun evaluating a plan to offer iPhones with screens ranging from 4.8 inches to as high as six inches,” people familiar with the matter told WSJ.

Then, earlier this month, came Bloomberg with 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone memes, both ostensibly planned for release in the second half of next year. The new phones will feature “larger displays with glass that curves downward at the edges,” wrote the news organization.

Finally, NPD DisplaySearch jumped on the iPhablet bus with claims of 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch iPhone models, both thought to be coming some time next year.

Who’s buying into these rumors?

  • Tom

    Perfect screen size. Make it possible apple, please!

  • Skrilla

    iPhone 5c successor? that iPhone looks like a fail to me

  • klouud

    i really hope that we don’t see a phablet. I really like the 5s’ screen size. If Apple can remove the bezel or stretch the screen vertically then fine, but i like being able to put my phone in my pocket.

    NO PHABLETS PLZ!

    • Ignacio Irigoyen

      Couldn’t agree more with this!, I would hate to see the flagship turned into a phablet, if you want you can make the 5c into a tablet, but not the flagship!

    • Dan

      Personally I hope they make a phablet, there is a market for it and I would be interested.

      stretch the screen vertically… is this what you want?

      • n0ahcruz3

        Yikes! Lol

      • Ignacio Irigoyen

        Give the iPad Mini the ability to make celular calls, and you are done. The bigges phablet on the market.!

      • Mohammed Sahib

        If they are smart, they will make 2 iPhones with 2 different display sizes and same internals, and sell them $100 apart just like the iPads, to please all their fans.

    • Xee

      No it needs to be wider and taller, but edge to edge screen would be plus and reduce the overall form factor of a larger screen iPhone. Too much space is wasted at the edges of the screen currently.

      • Apanizo2

        Edge to edge screen makes it a whole lot more difficult to protect your phone with a GOOD case

  • vs511

    Can’t wait for 2014 Apple products! 😀 SO much stuff to be unveiled! By the way, the Disqus (mobile) comments system is messed up again.

  • slimderek

    This would be so awesome…

  • Rowan09

    I need touch id on my iPhone please.

    • Tony Trenkle Jr.

      Get the 5S then.

      • Rowan09

        I have the 5s I’m speaking about the iPhone 6, if they remove the home button I need touch id. It makes life easier just resting your finger to unlock your phone and make purchases.

      • Σαλαη αββας

        They won’t remove it , and because the home button in the 5s sounds more loud – or you know – , I think they will make it tactil ( not physical any more )

      • Tony Trenkle Jr.

        Im pretty sure Touch ID is here to stay…its not they are going to remove the feature.

      • Stefano

        I concur, it’s not going anywhere

      • Stefano

        Bazinga!

  • n0ahcruz3

    Iphone 5c successor? LOL goodluck with that.

    • jgr627

      Why not? If next year the 5s will be old why not just repackage it with the color lines n still make money off them and still give the consumer more choices……seems like a win win to me

  • Serserkov

    Ё моё, как уже заколебали эти “сведения из осведомленных источников”. Будет/небудет – как гадалки прям. А главное, какой смысл все это обсасывать? Что, к большим экранам надо как-то по особому готовиться? В чем польза этой информации?

    • Σαλαη αββας
  • on3simpleclick

    iPhone Mini

  • 4p0c4lyps3

    ‘Bout friggin time!

    • Xee

      Well over due! Can’t upgrade until the screen is significantly bigger.

  • Stefano

    I recently purchased the iPad mini when it came out. I’m an average sized guy keeping in mind, and holding the iPad mini with one hand is comfortable but slightly strenuous over prolonged time; BUT, it was making me look at my iPhone 5 like I needed something a hint bigger. I am greatly looking forward to a larger iPhone, but nothing please the size of my sisters note 3. LOL

  • thetomthebomb

    Between 4.5 and 4.8 should be perfect. Not to big not to small. Just right

    • cybersat

      4.65″ should be perfect for you

  • appleyay

    i am soooo bored

    • Σαλαη αββας

      Then f your self

  • Xee

    Would it not be the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6c

  • blastingbigairs

    This will be a dream come true.

  • Kurt

    Will not buy a 4.9″ iPhone…too small.

  • Garrett Alkofer

    Smaller top bezel and only a slightly wider body would be nice, just not too wide.

  • marcus1324

    Apple just needs to have 3 phones, Flagship Phone can be iPhone 6 (4.9 inch), maybe a iPhone 6M (iPhone 5/5S screen size, m is for mini screen), and iPhone 6C which is same size as 6M but the cheaper model. It would be profit I would probably get the iPhone 6M but I know tons of people who would get the 4.9 inch

  • Disasterpiece

    If they get close to 5″ , I’ll go back to iPhone without a thought. Galaxy Notes have spoiled me. I even got rid of my iPad 4 for a 2014 edition Galaxy Note 10.1. I absolutely love Samsung’s multi-window feature. Nothing out there can even come close…
    But yeah, I’ll go back when the iPhone gets a much bigger screen.

  • naf mohamed

    Sa serai vraiment cool de sa part

  • Annonymous

    I hope that Apple realizes that with the direction that they are headed the are becoming more and more like Android. If this is true, and Apple keeps on changing device screen sizes, the entire iOS platform will be just as fragmented as Android. I mean, there are already 2 different iPad sizes and 2 different iPhone/iPod Touch sizes, and there are retina versions of all of them.

  • iNfAMOUS70702

    One of the few things preventing me from ever going back to Apple is the lack of screen size.. Apple needs to understand that there IS indeed a market for larger phones…until then I’ll rock the ish out of my note 3

  • Jamie Blatt

    If they do go the bigger route, they should also offer a 4.3″ model. Larger screen that could still be operated with one hand. The 4.7″ plus sizes get out of control!