Reports out of Taiwan indicate Apple plans to launch a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 later this year, and may even offer a second 5.6-inch iOS device under a separate brand.
As flagship Android smartphones continue to grow in size, a new report from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News indicates that Apple may release two phablet devices of its own later this year.
According to the report, Apple plans to launch a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 at some point in Q3 (harmonizing with other rumors that indicate a fall iPhone release) and will feature Corning Gorilla Glass to protect the device from scratches instead of sapphire.
The publication also mentions a larger 5.6-inch “experimental” iOS smartphone featuring sapphire glass but says the device will not be released under the traditional iPhone name, citing first-hand supply chain sources.
On top of a larger iPhone 6, the claimed insiders have suggested that Apple will ditch the cheaper iPhone 5C in order to make way for Apple’s first phablet-sized handset.
Even if Apple does finally decide to make the jump to a 4.7-inch screen, the increase would still make the iPhone smaller than the growing Android counterparts.
According to latest rumors, the HTC One 2 will feature a new 5-inch panel while the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2 are both expected to offer up 5.25-inch displays.
At present the iPhone 5S features a 4-inch Retina display, considerably down in size compared to its flagship rivals such as the 4.7-inch HTC One, 5-inch Samsung Galaxy S4 and 5.2-inch LG G2.