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iPhone 6 Could Be the Biggest iPhone Yet

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
    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
    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
    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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  • Dark Lord of Tech
    New iphone feature , bigger screen , that's every smartphone upgrade on the market.
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  • stingray71
    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
    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
    12020713 said:
    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
    hey apple..seriously, it's not wrong to have options on your product..let's have 4-5" devices
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  • awg1031
    hey apple..seriously, it's not wrong to have options on your product..let's have 4-5" devices
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  • ZolaIII
    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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