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Apple testing iPhone 6 with 4.9-inch display

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If the latest reports emerging from China are to be believed, then Apple is currently testing a 4.9-inch display for the iPhone 6.

The fact that Apple is testing larger-screened devices has been well established by some reputable news sources over the past year or so. Back in September, for example, the WSJ reported that Apple was testing devices with a range of screens between 4.8 and 6-inches in size.

More recently there have been reports emanating from Japan that the iPhone 6 will feature a 5-inch display.

This latest report from Chinese website C Technology (which accurately predicted a number of features of the latest iPhone launch) claims that both the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C will be superseded by larger models next year. The iPhone 6 will apparently sport a 4.9-inch display, in keeping with those earlier rumours, while the next mid-range iPhone will get an unspecified size boost.

Both the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C feature the same 4-inch display that was introduced with last year’s iPhone 5. These were only marginally larger (longer, in fact) than all of the previous iPhone screens, which had been a squat 3.5-inches up to that point.

Any move to a 5-inch device (or thereabouts) would be a considerable jump for Apple. It would, we suspect, necessitate a completely new iPhone design with much slimmer bezels and an even thinner body if it’s to retain its precious one-handed usability.

Next, read our iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5C comparison feature.

Via: Unwired View

Adsski

November 22, 2013, 11:04 am

This is an interesting screen size, assuming aspect ratio remains 16:9 and pixel density remains at or close to 326ppi (retina) you'll end up with a screen with a resolution 1366x768 and about a 10mm increase in width. With loads of apps already developed with 768 as width (ipad mini) and a bit of spare space top & bottom (as ipad is 4:3) this could make an easy trasition to the larger size. Apps would only need a minor revision to make use of the extra pixels on iPhone 6.

Geoff Richards

November 22, 2013, 11:37 am

This is the smartest comment I've read in months :)

schriss

November 22, 2013, 2:09 pm

I wonder if they would do any kind of innovative approach, for example I have seen a prototype of a phone that had invincible sensors placed around the edge of the phone, so the phone would know how you are holding it and could adapt the UI accordingly, making single-handed use easily possible.
But I doubt it, I don't think they will change the UI much if at all after making the screen bigger. I guess I need to wait and see.

chi

November 22, 2013, 5:42 pm

Too big................................

chi

November 22, 2013, 5:45 pm

It just does not feel comfortable in the hand.......................

chi

November 22, 2013, 5:46 pm

I just received a Google N5 White 32GB................................and it is tooooooo biiiiiiiig

Alex

November 23, 2013, 5:55 am

I prefer this larger size, but if they prioritise one size over another then they will lose. The need to make all their phones equal apart from the size so no one feels that they are being short changed.

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