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Apple likely will release two big screen iPhones this year

It's looking to make its mark on the phablet market
Fri Jan 24 2014, 10:56
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GADGET DESIGNER Apple will release two iPhones in 2014, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Apple isn't expected to launch its next iPhones until the third quarter, but that hasn't stemmed the tide of rumours and Rupert Murdoch's US financial rag is the latest to join in the speculation.

The WSJ has heard from "people familiar with the situation" that Apple is planning to release two new iPhones this year, both with larger screens than the 4in display of the iPhone 5. One of the devices reportedly will have a display "larger than 4.5in", while the other, likely more expensive model will feature a screen size larger than 5in.

It's unclear whether these displays will debut Apple's rumoured 'Retina display+' resolution, which will trump the 640x1136 screen resolution of existing iPhones. What is clear, however, is that Apple is looking to make its mark in the phablet market, with shipments of large screen smartphones set to soar 600 percent in the next four years.

Beyond screen sizes, the WSJ doesn't seem to have much information on Apple's incoming iPhones. However it said that both will be clad in an iPhone 5S style metal casing, with Apple reportedly planning to drop the plastic shell of the iPhone 5C, as demand for the cheaper model has fallen.

Previous speculation has also suggested that we can expect Apple's next generation iPhones to feature an upgraded camera, wireless charging support and Apple's still unannounced iOS 8 mobile operating system.

Check out our roundup of everything you need to know about the iPhone 6. µ

 

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