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Apple reportedly working on two large-screen iPhone 6 handsets

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Apple will finally bust through the 4-inch barrier by launching two new large-screen iPhone 6 smartphones in 2014, according to a recent report.

Just a couple of days ago we reported on suggestions that the iPhone 6 design had been decided upon, and that it would feature a single 4.8-inch model.

According to the Wall Street Journal, however, there will be two distinct large-screen iPhone models launched this year. One will feature a display that’s over 4.5-inches in size, while the other will be over 5-inches.

Both super-sized iPhones will sport metal casings, like the iPhone 5S. This would put to bed any notions that Apple was ready to switch to premium plastic, as suggested by last year’s launch of the iPhone 5C.

Neither new iPhone will feature the somewhat gimmicky curved displays adopted by Apple’s rivals, Samsung and LG. We can’t say we’re remotely surprised at that one.

Apparently, the smaller of the two large-screen iPhones is further along in development. It’s just about ready for mass production, while the larger device is still in the preliminary stages. Both devices are said to be headed for release during the second half of 2014, however.

The report cautions that Apple’s plans have not been finalised, so things could change before the expected iPhone 6 release.

We’d suggest that these large-screen iPhones, which many would say are overdue given the trend for 5-inch displays in the Android market, would complement rather than replace the current 4-inch iPhone format. Apple won’t want to alienate the millions of happy customers accustomed to single-handed usage and minimal pocket bulges.

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