Gone are the days of Apple devices with cramped form factors.
Apple is working on a hefty 5.8-inch iPhone, according to a new report.
A pre-publication DigiTimes article has been posted by The Motley Fool, citing supply chain sources for the information.
It’s said that the Apple is working on the larger device with a view to launch “in 2018 or even earlier in 2017”.
The rumour is based on an alleged order for 5.8-inch AMOLED display panels. That’s larger than the 5.5-inch screen used on the iPhone 6S Plus, which remains the biggest iPhone to date.
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Samsung’s display division is tipped to be the prime candidate for supplying the panels, with LG Display and Japan Display “joining in later”.
According to supply chain sources, Apple hopes to acquire 50 million panels in the first year of the iPhone’s availability.
With the 2017/18 timeframe in mind – and going forward with Apple’s current naming conventions – we’d expect to see this larger device land as either the iPhone 7S or iPhone 8.
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Unfortunately, Apple is still being tight-lipped about this year’s iPhone 7, so anything beyond that is a complete mystery.
It’s worth noting however, that Apple is rumoured to be plotting an iPhone 7 Pro this year, which suggests Apple is still willing to innovate with its handset categories.
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