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iPhone 6 Could Be the Biggest iPhone Yet

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Could iPhone 6 have an almost 5-inch display?

Apple just launched the iPhone 5S a couple of months ago, but the rumor mill is already buzzing with talk of the next version. According to the latest rumors, the next iPhone, which will presumably be called the iPhone 6, will have a larger screen than the current model. This time, the rumors come from Chinese language site C Tech, which cites insiders that say Apple has been testing an iPhone with a 4.9-inch display.

Though it's not exactly groundbreaking news, it does go against what Steve Jobs said a few years back about no one wanting to buy a big phone. Specifically, Steve Jobs hit out at rivals making phones that are so big 'you can't get your hand around it.' The comment was made in reference to antenna problems with the 3.5-inch iPhone 4. Jobs said creating a device too big for people to hold with one hand would help, but "no one's going to buy that." This was when anywhere between four and five inches was considered big.

The current iPhone 5S has a 4-inch display but the 16:9 aspect ratio means it's still quite easy to grasp. Could we see an even bigger phone in 2014? Other rumors regarding the next iteration of iPhone suggest the device might also have a curved display. No doubt we'll hear plenty more about the iPhone 6 over the next year. The phone likely won't arrive until next fall.

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    Ragnar-Kon , November 24, 2013 6:22 AM
    I wouldn't be surprised if it is a bigger screen. Because clearly phones with bigger screen sizes sell, and they sell well.

    BUT, I personally hope it isn't. A 4" screen is near perfect in my opinion, and anything bigger starts to get uncomfortable to carry around in my pocket. I know several people who walk around with a Note in their pocket... how they can do that and not drive themselves crazy is beyond me.

    That said, if Motorola (now Google?) keeps updating the 4" DROID, I'll probably go with that. Or I might be able to handle the 4.3" Galaxy Mini. But the 5"+ phones I just can't do.
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    Jgriff , November 24, 2013 6:24 AM
    If I have to re position my hand to reach anything on the screen, the phones a fail in my book. 4-4.3" for me.
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    Jgriff , November 24, 2013 6:30 AM
    1 hand operation= phone, if you're using 2 hands its a tablet that makes calls. Thats how I see it.
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    SR-71 Blackbird , November 24, 2013 6:34 AM
    New iphone feature , bigger screen , that's every smartphone upgrade on the market.
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    stingray71 , November 24, 2013 6:44 AM
    Wife's Note II is to big for my taste, my S4 is perfect. I can't see how those with anything smaller than a 5" screen can enjoy their devices. Especially iPhone users, to dang small to be practical.

    Apple needs a bigger screen device if it wants to compete, hate to see what they are going to charge for it though.
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    house70 , November 24, 2013 7:05 AM
    O.M.G.
    While it will be good to see Apple trying to keep up with the times, it will be even better to see people like otacon being silenced by their own favorite company.
    Arguments like "I hope it comes with it's own backpack" and "anything larger than 4 inch is stupid" will suddenly turn into "the best device ever to reach the market" and "everyone else is copying Apple with their large screen devices". LOL

    OTOH, while the hardware might become competitive again, it's the software environment and restrictions that still keep me away from Apple devices.
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    pacomac , November 24, 2013 7:26 AM
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    O.M.G.
    While it will be good to see Apple trying to keep up with the times, it will be even better to see people like otacon being silenced by their own favorite company.
    Arguments like "I hope it comes with it's own backpack" and "anything larger than 4 inch is stupid" will suddenly turn into "the best device ever to reach the market" and "everyone else is copying Apple with their large screen devices". LOL

    OTOH, while the hardware might become competitive again, it's the software environment and restrictions that still keep me away from Apple devices.


    My last two phones have been the Note 3 and HTC One, both much bigger than the iPhone. However, it's the very thing that you condemn about Apple that I like. Apples software up to iOS7 has been far more functional than even my Note 3 which is full of useless gimmicky features we all turn off. Once Apple release a phone bigger than 5" I'm jumping back on the Apple bandwagon. I miss AirPlay, Music Match, and all the high quality apps. To me customising my home screen comes bottom of my list of useful features.
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    awg1031 , November 24, 2013 7:37 AM
    hey apple..seriously, it's not wrong to have options on your product..let's have 4-5" devices
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    awg1031 , November 24, 2013 7:39 AM
    hey apple..seriously, it's not wrong to have options on your product..let's have 4-5" devices
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    ZolaIII , November 24, 2013 8:14 AM
    4≈4,5" is good in the vertical use on the other hand 5≈6" is good in horizontal mode (two hands). Obviously solution is ultra wide screen format!
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    witcherx , November 24, 2013 8:32 AM
    for $1000?
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    canadianvice , November 24, 2013 8:53 AM
    I don't really care what Apple innovates next. Their price is high, their phones come with a patented iShatter screen, and they run crippled software. Android and customizability for me any day.
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    mortsmi7 , November 24, 2013 9:00 AM
    How exactly are phone calls improved by this?
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    canadianvice , November 24, 2013 9:44 AM
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    I don't really care what Apple innovates next. Their price is high, their phones come with a patented iShatter screen, and they run crippled software. Android and customizability for me any day.


    iPhone subsidized prices are the same or less than the latest Samsung phones. Had an iPhone for years and never had any issues with the screen. I'd rather have "crippled" software than that bloatware and malware infested AnFail. It's too easy...


    You've never used Android, have you?

    It's almost impossible to get a virus. Stick to the market. If you're not utterly moronic, you won't ever get one.

    Beyond that, customization and custom roms sink the iPhone in my books. I've never had issues using Android to connect to all manner of devices and yet the iPhone was a constant pain. Plus, I don't use samsung. Why pay that much? I can get something infinitely better than the iPhone for a mere $300 (Off contract! If you aren't Canadian, you wouldn't get it, but this is huge!).

    Stock android and the Nexus line of phones. There's a certain magic about them. No bloat, custom roms. Root. Full customization. Open source.
    Everything somebody like me cares about that the iPhone can't even come close to. Let's not forget screen size and excellent specs :D 

    Combine it with unlimited local calling, 6GB of data (before the throttle, anyway), no contracts or roaming fees, unlimited texting, caller ID all for $25.00/m? I'm in heaven.
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    daekar , November 24, 2013 10:23 AM
    Hrmmm... this would certainly shut up the Apple fans who keep saying that larger screens aren't practical. I'll enjoy watching tunes change.
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    nuvon , November 24, 2013 10:50 AM
    "House70" it is the software part or user interface of Apple products that mostly keep iPhone users happy; not the hardware. Hardware wise, iPhone and Samsung is pretty much equal.
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    ohim , November 24, 2013 11:01 AM
    Hope they won`t sue Samsung for having a 5" screen phone after that :|
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    eklipz330 , November 24, 2013 11:08 AM
    i don't think it would be a smart business practice for them. the iphone is an icon, whether you will like to admit it or not. maybe have a new iteration, but that's it
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    wildkitten , November 24, 2013 11:09 AM
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    I don't really care what Apple innovates next. Their price is high, their phones come with a patented iShatter screen, and they run crippled software. Android and customizability for me any day.


    iPhone subsidized prices are the same or less than the latest Samsung phones. Had an iPhone for years and never had any issues with the screen. I'd rather have "crippled" software than that bloatware and malware infested AnFail. It's too easy...


    You've never used Android, have you?

    It's almost impossible to get a virus. Stick to the market. If you're not utterly moronic, you won't ever get one.

    Beyond that, customization and custom roms sink the iPhone in my books. I've never had issues using Android to connect to all manner of devices and yet the iPhone was a constant pain. Plus, I don't use samsung. Why pay that much? I can get something infinitely better than the iPhone for a mere $300 (Off contract! If you aren't Canadian, you wouldn't get it, but this is huge!).

    Stock android and the Nexus line of phones. There's a certain magic about them. No bloat, custom roms. Root. Full customization. Open source.
    Everything somebody like me cares about that the iPhone can't even come close to. Let's not forget screen size and excellent specs :D 

    Combine it with unlimited local calling, 6GB of data (before the throttle, anyway), no contracts or roaming fees, unlimited texting, caller ID all for $25.00/m? I'm in heaven.


    I am an Android user (Droid Bionic, Galaxy S4, Asus TF300T) and it is not nearly impossible for someone to get malware from the Play Store. I know quite a few, very tech savvy, users who are cautious about reading permissions and who have still gotten malware infested apps from the Play Store.

    Google could learn something from Apple in reviewing apps BEFORE allowing them to be posted.
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    nikoli707 , November 24, 2013 11:11 AM
    as nice as the samsung s4 is... im just an average size man... 5'11 165lbs and i cant use the s4 in one hand. what apple realizes is that these phones are far far more popular to kids... not to adults.. so imagine kids trying to use a 5" phone in one had... it doesn't work... let alone when they still drive and text.. they have to take their hands off the wheel just to text. fail in my book and many others.
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