Recently, WSJ reported that Apple is testing iPhones with a larger screen, expected to be in between 4.5 to 6 inches. Now, Mingchi Kuo of KGI Securities mentions in a note that Apple is expected to release a new iPhone with a screen size of 4.5 to 5 inches in 2014. Kuo also mentioned that a screen size higher than 5-inch is unlikely. The note also mentions that Apple will continue to use the in-cell touchscreen technology in the next year’s iPhone as well.
We’ve heard a number of rumors in the past that mentions Apple working on a phone with a larger screen size. All the other companies have launched device that featuring a display of 5-inch or more with Samsung being on top of the list, but Apple is more focused towards its one hand operation principle. The analyst also mentions that Apple is less likely to use anything above 5-inches as it would violate the principle of one hand use.
On a side note, Kuo also mentions that Apple will completely switch to GF2 technology for iPads as it makes the tablet thinner and lightweight. Apple is expected to unveil the refreshed iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2 by the end of this year, with mass production to start in fourth quarter – expected to be in October.