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Larger screen iPhone on the way

Apple will launch a larger screen iPhone later this year, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

The Journal says Apple suppliers are experimenting with different displays, but a 4-inch model is likely.

Unlike a small army of blogs, which have a mixed record (a tear-drop shaped, iPhone 5, anyone?), the Journal has a history of accuracy revealing Apple's next move.

iPhone sales continue to go gang-busters, with the handset selling 35.1 million during the March quarter.

But today's models, with their 3.5-inch screens, look increasingly puny next to the super-size displays sported by high-end Androids.

One of Apple's highest profile competitors in the Google Android camp, Samsung, is just weeks away from releasing the Galaxy S III (see NBR preview here), which boasts a 4.8-inch screen - upping the ante from the S II's 4.2-inch display, and the recently released 4.7-inch HTC One X (see NBR review here).

Sony, Huawei and other Android makers also have jumbo screen models on the way.

Apple is likely not worried about cut-price Androids driving up the rival platform's market share (now handily ahead of iPhone by most counts).

But CEO Tim Cook could be nervous about premium Androids like the Galaxy SIII eating away at the top end.

So, watch this space ... or this screen, so to speak.

Comments and questions

Meh - who cares about Apple/iOS - they are lagging behind the competition.

Samsung is #1 - you said so yourself Chris, in an article a few weeks back. iOS is for sheep - Android is for those who simply want the best!! :-)

[Personally, I like the big screen Androids. But there are also battery life and ergonomic considerations, so they don't suit everyone.

The broader point is that if you've in the Android camp, you can choose from a variety of models form small to jumbo.

iPhone's one size fits all. - CK]

Interesting stuff re Apple - My feeling is that if they release a similar looking phonje to the 4 they could find themselves in bit of a pickle... the iphone brand needs to be jump-started afresh with a new look and new differentiators that the other phone makers dont have... a bigger screen isnt all that exciting

Erm wasnt the Galaxy SIII already unveiled in London a week and a bit ago?

[Yes it was. See link to NBR's report in the story above. NZ release is expected early June, initially through Vodafone - CK]

Apple has a cycle of updating the external and internal, then updating the internal only keeping the same form factor.

Based on this, the next iPhone (5) will have a different form factor. A bigger screen is to be expect but I hope they dont go to big and the increase in size is offset by a reduction in the bezel.

A bigger screen sounds great. I could really do with a phone that won't fit in my pocket. It'll be a nice flashback to the 1990's.

Maybe they could release it with a faux-leather belt clip to hold it?

I would have happy to have an Iphone that better coped with Vodafone's patchy signal strength. It is ridiculous that Vodafone can't be accessed in parts of Auckland (and elsewhere). If I want a bigger screen, I use my iPad.

My aunty's got one and sometimes she allows me to use it.

Shirtmakers are going to have to fit bigger pockets on their shirts.
A b it like Razors - more and more blades.

Any women worth her salt will tell you that size doesn't really matter.

Bigger screen ain't a problem. The HTC still fit into my pocket OK.

But a low-end Android aint a competitor to iPhone. The flagships Androids might be, but Apple still has greater market share in high-end smartphones. The Android market share is inflated by $299 phones.

Everyone is conveniently side-stepping the capability no tech writer appears courageous enough to address. That being scratch n' sniff.

Bigger? I want thinner and lighter. So a (current gen) iPod Touch that is also a phone, with no increase in any dimension or weight. That I would buy.

People on my train/walk commute all have these big things, and they are always holding them (even when not in use). Why? They don't bloody fit in their pockets! I live in asia where people are small - seeing a small asian lass using a Samsung Note as a phone is just, well, embarrassing.

Stupid big phones.

Not as "embarrassing" as your thoughtless -- and racist -- comment.

Not really racist if a simple observation of fact - I am 6 foot 2 and Pakeha, most people of asian decent are much smaller than me and the average Pakeha.

Just a fact, not bad or good.