The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple is testing larger iPhone displays, ranging from 4.8 to 6 inches. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard reports of this, but it does give further credence to the rumors. While the next generation of iPhones, which will be announced on September 10th, will include two different designs, the screen sizes are expected to remain the same. A more diverse family of displays, however, could in the pipeline for future generations.
The WSJ report indicates that Apple could be considering an entire family of screen sizes for upcoming iPhone releases. When the iPhone 5 was released last year, Apple continued to offer older 3.5-inch iPhones, but did not update any of the internals. According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple could take a new approach to iPhone display sizes by offering new models of the device with a variety of screen size options.
This would match the approach they have taken with the iPad and iPod lineups, which consist of multiple products of varying sizes. In fact, the iPhone is currently the only Apple product family that does not offer a choice of screen sizes on the newest model.
Of course, Apple has considered many changes to the iPhone in the past, most of which have never come to fruition. A low-cost model of the device has been rumored for several years, but only now seems to be an actual possibility. Even larger models of the iPhone have been rumored—and almost certainly tested internally—in past years, so whether or not Apple will finally settle on this course is still to be seen.