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More iPhone 6 Rumors: Two Phones, No Curves, Big Screens, Metal Casing

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As the old saying goes, “where there’s smoke, there’s fire.” There seems to be enough smoke regarding Apple’s plans for the iPhone 6 that a call to the fire department may be in order. Today, the Wall Street Journal is jumping in on the rumor-mongering, saying that the iPhone 6 will come in two versions with screens larger than four inches, with one version to climb up into five-plus-inches territory—much of which we’d heard just the other day. The debut of the iPhablet draws nigh.

According to the post, both versions will be built using the metal casing found on the iPhone 5S, while the colorful, plastic shell on the iPhone 5c will be swept into Apple’s dustbin of failed ideas. And considering how well most of its products do, the less expensive iPhone 5c is conspicuous by its existence—but I digress.

The post also re-ups on the rumor that the iPhone 6 won’t feature a curved display, showing that while Apple may be heading for the phablet trend, they’re not ready to pursue the curved smartphone fad that LG and Samsung are chasing. Even still, it’s worth remembering that Apple was recently awarded a patent for making improved curved displays—if nothing else, it seems likely that the company will start bending its screens for the eventual debut of the iWatch.

Interestingly, the WSJ post offers up an explanation for the increase in phablet handsets, and why Apple may embrace what otherwise seems like a deviation from its usual modus operandi. Apparently huge-screened phones are big in China, and the company badly wants to succeed in that territory.

We certainly won’t know for sure how much of this—if any of it—is true until Apple gets things going at WWDC on June 10, where the company typically unveils its newest products. And even then, we may be left in the dark about the fabled iPhablet until later in the year, when these rumors peg the device as being released.

But one of the reasons why the iPhone has enjoyed so much success is because of its svelte, stylish form-factor. I have to wonder whether or not increasing the size of the screen will be welcomed by Apple’s biggest fans. I personally don’t know, never particularly wanting an iPhone myself. If you’re an iPhone adherent, let us know what you think about a bigger screened iPhone 6—or an iPhablet—in the comments below.

— Brian P. Rubin

Brian's been a writer-for-hire for the better part of ten years, creating content for Geek Magazine, Machinima, and even Hasbro's Trivial Pursuit. After living in New York for most of his life, he recently relocated to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he plays drums in his band, the Lost Wheels, and roams the land for the midwest's best approximation of actual pizza.

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    • SpikeyBill


      I think you may be on to something with the display size, capacitive button, memory and ram, but I can’t see Apple going with a micro-SD slot at all and probably not with the front-facing 8MP camera, but that is always possible.

      • Cynthia


        hello

  • Jmd


    One can only hope! iPhones are looking obsolete!

  • SpikeyBill


    It’s a distinct possibility, but part of the design philosophy behind the iPhone is that you should be able to operate it single-handedly, which is easily possible even with the 5 and 5S’s elongated screen. If the width were to increase, that may just make single-handed operation a little tricky unless you have larger than average hands or very long fingers. I can see it happening, particularly after what you wrote about the Chinese market, but I’d stick with the slimmer model. Oh, and JMD, I beg to differ in oipinion about the iPhone looking obsolete, and I think millions would agree with me on that one. You are welcome to your opinion, of course.

    • Echo733


      I agree with you that single-handed operation is an unique feature of iPhone, but I can’t fugure out another way to innovate its appearance apparently if not enlarge its screen. By the way,I am a Chinese, I don’t like huge-screen phone personally. haha

      • Cynthia


        i don’t think so,why almost all the phones are rectangle?why the are forced on the size of screen ?there have some other way to innovative its appearance,be the way i am also a Chinese. I don’t like the huge screen too ,i wonder if there have a phone with unique design

    • David S Kalonick


      All they will do is make a keyboard the shifts to the side in size to allow single handed typing. I predict that this will be the first phone where battery life will promised a full day charge with heavy usage due to the larger size allowing more space for battery. If not, I might be out. I want a phone that last all day with the heavy amount of usage needed for a small business owner that isn’t sitting at a desk all day. Although I don’t know if I could put up with the shit camera system that is offered on every other platform. Even the Nokia 40+ megapixel phone . That cameras color temperature is just as crappy as every android.

  • Jeremy


    If the iPhone 6 is bigger than the 5s it will be the first time in its history that I will not want a new iPhone. I will upgrade to the 5S and leave it at that.

  • Star75


    I would love a bigger screen on the new iPhone. Deciding weather to wait for the 6 and see what they come out with or get something with a bigger screen.

  • Chloe


    lets move the keyboard vertical. get it on the side. that would be refreshing

  • Arjan


    I want it! But the pricetag? I don’t want it when it will be +€550 or more! I like my 5S but i think there can be more features on it like Samsung! He is to expensive for what he can do :(

  • saifomar


    Bigger sounds Better somehow.

  • Johnz


    Most comments are outdated. The one-hand-operation-argument is nice for a phone, but 95% of the use is data related these days. Really, screen factor is the one reason I have not been buying Iphones since the 3GS. If they come with a 5 inch, or better a 5,5, inch then I would be a happy iphone owner again.