iPhone 6 concept (ConceptsPhone 001)

According to a new report by the South China Morning Post, Apple is reportedly gearing up to launch two new iPhones with bigger screens sporting sapphire crystal protection. The handsets are reportedly scheduled to launch in September 2014.

In corroborating previous rumors by Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal, sources claim the upcoming iPhones have 4.7 and 5.5-inch screens coated in sapphire, the expensive gemstone Apple uses to protect its Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 5s and iSight camera lenses on iOS devices. And, the screens will be flat, not curved…

The South China Morning Post writes, citing industry insiders who have supposedly “seen the prototypes,” that the larger displays will be sharper than the current four-inch Retina display on the iPhone 5/5s/5c.

Specifically, the 4.7 and 5.5-inch screens are said to have a pixel density of 441 pixels per inch, the same as Samsung’s Galaxy S4. By comparison, the current iPhone Retina display has a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch.

Increasing the sharpness of the display by squeezing in more pixels wouldn’t just improve clarity, it would add more pixel data for your content and apps to work with, in turn requiring developers to update existing applications for new resolutions.

“The design ‘freeze’ for the iPhone 6 – after which no changes will be made – is set for April this year,” the article reads.

As for sapphire protection, the new iPhone screen will be “made entirely from scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass”, the sources said.

The story goes on to caution that using the expensive sapphire crystal, second to diamond as the hardest material, means a dramatic increase” in the cost of making an iPhone.

GT Advanced (sapphire slabs, Pocketnow 001)

Notably, Apple’s invested more than $500 million in tooling, equipment and sophisticated furnaces to produce sapphire laminates at its new plant in Mesa, Arizona.

Also, two insiders told the publication that the iPhone 5c “will be gone” come this September, while the iPhone 5s will “stay but be made from cheaper material”. In other words, Apple will replace the current iPhone 5c with the iPhone 5s wrapped in a plastic case, which sounds about right to me.

  • Barry

    A 4’7 display would be ideal.

    • Not for me…

      • Barry

        Hmm, what would you prefer? I’m actually interested in what others prefer.

      • Jason Baroni

        I do want something between 4,7 and 5″, but I think there is still a market for the 4-inches screen.

      • Barry

        Yeah, I know. But the next iPhone iteration is bound to have a bigger screen. Lets hope we both get what we want.

      • I prefer one handed use and my hands are small, so 4 inch is maximum for me

      • eXoguti093

        Keep in mind it’s bezel free.. so it wouldn’t feel that much bigger other than just a little taller because the screen would expand a little more on all sides

      • I totally agree and don’t see why all the fuss to make our perfectly designed, portable devices giants again.
        My opinion is if you want a bigger screen for games and playing around on the thing, get an iPad Air or Mini. If you want the thing to easily text, make phone calls and listen to music; get an iPhone that was intentionally designed with a 3.5-4″ screen for just that! Being a badass portable device that is easy to use on the go!

      • What i say is, for me 4 inch is maximum, there are a lot of ppl out there with bigger hands and ppl who use their phone with two hands. So what Apple should do is just bring the same model in two or three different sizes, so erybody can chose the size that fits to his needs best.

      • Kurt

        5.5″ is best

      • Barry

        I personally don’t think Apple would add 1’5 inches for their next device tbh.

      • Kurt

        I hope you are wrong. I hope they do two sizes so I can be happy and so can you.

      • Barry

        Alright. ^^

      • Kurt

        🙂

      • Xee

        This.

  • Litchy

    meh…
    4,7″ and 5.5″…
    don’t know what it is but this just sounds so… not apple

    • Jason Baroni

      It is the demand. Apple can’t handle small screens these days. I agree that 4,7″ is just insane for what we believe to be the next 5c, a base model, but there is nothing we can do instead of buying it or not…

    • Maxim∑

      the future

      Phil Schiller – ” We reduced the bezels greatly, allowing us to create a larger display and still maintain 1 handed use”

      • smtp25

        Don’t care about 1 hand that much. Just make the UI match the use rather than the screen. Group frequently used elements within thumbs reach. Make keyboard not use whole screen to increase use ability

    • @dongiuj

      Because you know how apple thinks, right? Jeez, I thought people stopped talking like this after everyone said “iPad mini? Apple would never do that. That’s not like apple. Bla bla bla, I think I know apple just because I use its products”. How dumb do those idiots look?
      Stop it, please.

      • Litchy

        You’re right with iPad Mini. Steve Jobs said it wouldn’t make sense and still they released it a few years later. I think iPad Mini and iPhone are two different things. The iPad Mini is not supposed to be handled with just one hand. Making a smaller iPad that is very light just made sense for reading etc.

        A bigger iPhone on the other hand… might come in handy for some people, but using it with one hand without rearranging your hand all the time is almost impossible for 90% of iPhone users. It’s just not right yet. I already wrote this under some other article: IF Apple makes a bigger screen they have to make it usable with one hand by optimizing the software and inventing some kind of feature to make it as easy to use as smaller phones. Maybe they have something like that. If not.. I just don’t see that bigger screen coming. Not after making commercials about how great it is to use your iPhone with one hand (iPhone5)

        The perfect solution would be no bezel, bigger screen without making iPhone bigger, make software ignore Touches that were not intended. Everybody is happy^^

      • @dongiuj

        Well I like to work mine with two hands, if you get what I mean. Don’t like to use one hand because it gives me repetitive injury pain in my thumb. Especially where the screen is so small my thumb feels even more cramped. I personally believe the iPhone needs to be bigger. I’ve been using a galaxy S3 for the past year or so and I like the screen size WAY more than my iPhone 5. I’m sure, from reading a lot of people’s comments on previous articles, that I’m not the only one that feels it’s time for apple to big it up and I will welcome it.
        Do it apple, 5″ screen, do it.

      • Litchy

        I get your point 🙂 In the end everybody has other preferences and wants different screen sizes. Lets see what Apple is going to do 😀

  • albert santiago

    5.5 screen i am in and bye bye android phablets!!!

    • Dan

      same here, although I’d settle for 5”

      • Kurt

        I’m not sure if I’d switch back for 5″. My wife wants to stay with the Note line. She is really happy with some of her widgets. S-Health and weather. She loves the s-pen and the removable battery, the IR blaster, etc. But I can give up on those things to have certain apps that are important to me. But screen size is most important to me.

      • Hyr3m

        I love my new 5″ Z30 😀 This size is really perfect, especially since I have to carry two devices…

      • Kurt

        blackberry?? :-O

      • Hyr3m

        Yeah… my company device 😀
        With the new update (BB 10.2.1) I can install Android APKs on my blackberry ^^
        BB 10 is seriously the best mobile OS that ever existed. It has the best virtual keyboard and the best UI out there. It was actually created with touch in mind as opposed to other mobile OSs which basically just cloned a computer desktop and replaced the mouse with a touch screen. And now with access to virtually every android app out there, it could very well surpass Android phones. I seriously have a hard time going back to my S3 after using my Z30 for a while… (Let alone an iPhone… using iOS feels like having both feet in one boot and mittens on both hands. Android feels like just one of my hands is in a mitten and with BB10 it feels like a brain user interface or something ^^ )

      • Kurt

        BB10 looks really impressive. I thought it would have done better. The device they released (not sure the model) was a nice looking device too. Have you used WP8? I really want to give it a try. But with lack of apps I’m not so eager. But it sure is a nice OS. My favorite OS is still WebOS.

      • Hyr3m

        Yeah I played with a Nokia 1520 for a while. I’ve been loving the tiles concept but it’s a bit like an improvement of “computer desktop with rows of icons with a touch screen instead of a mouse” : they “just” combined icons and widgets. UI is easy enough but nothing ground breaking or revolutionary…

        I hate the flatness of it though. It seriously looks like something a 5 years old would design (a bit like iOS 7, except not as bad).

        WebOS is really nice… and maybe I was a bit quick in calling BB10 the best mobile OS; I should have said “best widespread mobile OS”. Ubuntu Touch and others like Firefox OS do look promising any may still have a shot at the two and a half giants.

      • Dan

        Well I’d switch for the apps and the resale value. I’d like to upgrade now and cover the costs by selling my note 2, but used Samsung doesn’t sell. Never had that problem with apple. That and I actually like IOS 7.

  • felixtaf

    Its time to move on Apple!

  • Tony

    So you think the 4.7 will be 199.99 upgrade and the 5.5 will be 349.99? Then again att locks you into their next program which is garbage so those fees actually won’t be there anymore now it’s full price.

  • felixtaf

    As I have stated before… A 4″ iPhone 6 and a bigger screen iPhone Pro would be perfect. Anything from 5-5.5″ (Pro) with thin bezels like iPhone 5 would be awesome…

  • J. Rockwell

    This next iPhone is going to be so sexy. I have upgraded every 2 years since the original iPhone, but this will probably be the first year I wait to upgrade. My iPhone 5 is running so smoothly with iOS7 + jailbreak that I am going to hold on to this one until the thing falls apart. Usually with the original iPhone, the 3G and the 4 it started to run a bit slower with each firmware upgrade, but not this 5. Just going to keep it on 7.0.4.

    • Zachary Sloane

      Same here. 5S was the first iPhone i passed on since i got my iPhone 3G. I would LOVEEEEE a 4.7″ phone. 5.5 is too big for me and my tiny hands!

    • Litchy

      Same here. I’m just going to wait for the next iPhone and then sell my iPhone 5 with Jailbreak + Flappy Bird installed 😀

  • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

    nice wow!

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    This is about the 3rd rumor talking about this so if these 2 phones arent announced I’ll be highly disappointed. Me personally, I want a phablet Iphone so sign me off on the 5.5 inch 32GB model.

  • Tobias9413

    I hate the idea of a phablet iPhone. I don’t see people with phablet except with the occasional hipster wearing skinny jeans and a big ass phone on their pocket that they can barely fit let alone hold with one hand. Heck I’ll take a five inch iphone at the most. Bigger than that, I might as well get a mini and get an app like textfree. It’s cheaper than having a phone line with any carrier.

  • Jonathan

    5.5…. come to papa..

  • Sean Clark

    If Apple keeps selling 32gb as a $100 upgrade and charges more on top of that for their special glass, I’ll definitely be considering other options. :/ I don’t want the worry that comes with walking around with a $1000 object.

  • diggitydang

    I like the 4.7″ size… 5.5″ is way too big for me… I like my type small-ish on my emails and text (I hate that the guy behind me can read my messages if he wanted to), but on a 5.5″ screen, line length is like 20 words, and readability drops severely from line to line. Also, I found with the Samsung Galaxy Note lineup (my wife has one), a lot of websites render type waaaaaay too small or waaaaaay too big. Anyone else find that?

    Also, going up to 441ppi seems more like a move to just satisfy spec critics… at 326ppi, I think the screen looks amazing, and I remember hearing that >326ppi is hardly noticeable (if at all). So, if this adds cost or bulk to the phone, I would have preferred that they leave it off. Also, apps, images and sites (or even video sites like YouTube) which tend to compress photos and video for smaller file sizes will look even worse on a higher density display. It’s the same problem I have with my MacBook pro with Retina and running programs like Acrobat or InDesign – it looks like crap because they aren’t optimized for the higher density display. A PDF file will actually look WORSE than it did on a lower ppi display laptop.

    I’m hoping that the battery is the biggest thing that’s improved though… right now, I have a Mophie Juice Pack Helium because I can never get enough juice to get me through the day. Yes, a larger screen size allows you to put a bigger battery in a bigger phone, but the larger screen display will suck the mother out of that battery too, especially at anything >50% brightness, which is when displays look their best!

    End of rant… sorry… hahaha…

  • Alberto Espinal

    It’s a matter of getting used to things, some people don’t like the idea of Apple getting a bigger screen but once you have it in your hands for a while you’ll never go back to a smaller screen

  • Ben Barros

    i don’t care for bigger phones my self

  • Ben Barros

    even though apple products are better then androids

  • Razick Rilshad

    Love it

  • rich

    High school girls have little hands. Grown male adults have huge hands. People should have the option of two different size iphones that fit their different sized hands instead of one size fits all. I would instantly buy an 5.5″ iphone.
    I wish I could load apples ios7 into any device like galaxy note 3. I WANT TO CHOSE MY PHONE SIZE!

  • Dr. Joseph S. Curcio

    I got the 5s because it was the best cell phone on the market.
    The specs were the best ever and now you’re saying that Apple
    is going to reduce it’s quality by putting the high performance
    guts in a cheap plastic case. This is such a waste of my money.
    I am going to shop for the highest quality replacement for my 5s.
    My time with Apple is ending. I miss the days that when this
    company was ahead of the curve not chasing it.

  • Koen V

    Not sure how much inch the Samsung SIII is but that is really too much… My iPhone looks like a nice business phone with a good shape where I can reach every button with 1 hand, even while driving. S3’s size is just desperate trying to compensate.

  • Daniel Klang

    that wallpaper looks great…. where can i find that one???